The Aquifer when fracked

The Aquifer when fracked

Monday, November 7, 2016

Sandoval County Violates IPRA to support oil and gas industry

Our group requested the tactical response safety plans for and oil and gas pipeline explosion and or other industry facilities. The county violated IPRA and redacted  the information stating national security. The OAG weighed in by investigating and found the county had violated the IPRA. Their attorneys are fleshing this out.

In the meantime,
We sent this letter to the Sandoval County Commission

Sandoval County Commissioners      November 8, 2016                                                             
County Manger Philip Rios 
RE: IPRA Violations on Public Record Request Concerning Oil and Gas safety procedures. 

Dear Sandoval County Commissioners and County Manager Mr. Rios,

We are writing to make our final request for the Sandoval County tactical safety plans surrounding the oil and gas industry pipelines and other facilities.  On Sept. 4th, we requested the Tactical safety plans concerning spills, fire explosions and other catastrophic events.

We were denied the plans through arbitrary and capricious actions of Fire Chief Maxon, who stated that we, “did not have the “expertise” to decipher the county safety plans” in the case of a catastrophic event.  He therefore redacted the information later claiming national security reasons. We find these claims to be false and in violation of IPRA. We requested an opinion of the Office of the Attorney General (OAG). This is now the second time within the year the County has been found in violation of IPRA on our IPRA requests. It has been noted that the County is remarkably lazy on following the law.

The Office of the Attorney General read the County’s response to their Oct 6th letter inquiring about the situation surrounding the redaction of public records and violations of the IPRA 3-day and 15-day notice and their incorrect and false reasoning for redaction of the records. The Attorney General will be contacting the County in regards to these violations.  

Furthermore, we are making one last ditch effort to request these plans prior to filing in New Mexico District Court.

The County appears to be pushing the ordinance through before the end of the year because they want to pass the ordinance without full disclosures of their safety plans in case of accidents, explosions and contamination of water, air and risk the public health and safety.

By not releasing public information the county appears to be willing to risk the public safety in order to appease the oil and gas industry and multinational banks ready to drill over 8,000 wells with all the ramifications of that decision.

If this is not the case then release the information requested.  We hope that this issue can be resolved without further litigation. Thank you

Elaine Cimino 
Benton Howell

Sunday, August 28, 2016

City and County Draft Oil and Gas Ordinances

The City of Rio Rancho and Sandoval County have drafted oil and gas ordinances, spurred by last year’s bid by an Oklahoma company to drill for oil just outside the Rio Rancho city limits.
The Sandoval County Planning and Zoning division will hold two public meetings to review the county’s draft ordinance.
The meetings are scheduled for Tuesday and Tuesday, Sept. 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the commission chamber in the county administrative building.
This video is from the meeting of August 16 when the draft discussion first appears online prior July 27 meeting it was only a proposal of draft no one was hired to write at that time.
A digital copy of the 30-page draft can be viewed on the county’s website, as well as at the county’s administrative office.
City councilors discussed the 14-page draft at a work session earlier this month.
The city’s ordinance will be available to the public once it has been finalized and presented to the governing body.
No date has been set for a regular governing body reading of the ordinance.
Prompting the proposed ordinances was SandRidge Energy’s application last fall to drill an exploratory well in the Rio Rancho Estates area.
The Oklahoma City-based company withdrew its application in February amid public protests about the project and disagreements between the company and county regarding application requirements.
At the time, neither the county nor Rio Rancho had ordinances addressing oil and gas drilling.
City Manager Keith Riesberg told city councilors during the Aug. 16 work session that city staff began creating an ordinance shortly after SandRidge filed its application.
“Even though the SandRidge application was withdrawn from the county, this issue has not gone away in that it is our understanding that AMREP has contracted the mineral rights for their properties, so we do expect this is going to be an issue that will resurface at some point in time,” Riesberg said.
Both drafts borrow language from established ordinances in other communities.
Maria O’Brien of the Modrall Sperling law firm worked on the ordinance with city staff as the city’s legal counsel. She said the city considered ordinances in Hobbs, Farmington, Bloomfield and in other municipalities in Colorado.
During a county commission workshop in April, Michael Springfield, director of the county’s planning and zoning department, said the county looked at oil and gas ordinances in Rio Arriba, San Miguel and Santa Fe counties.
O’Brien said city staff is trying to create an ordinance that is neither too strict nor too lenient, and also gives the city the option to require an applicant to meet specific or different requirements.
“It’s this balance between having the ordinance be like Bloomfield’s, going on for 50 pages and trying to address every little thing, as opposed to having a general framework, minimal requirements, but then reserving the rights of the city based on a specific proposal to propose additional requirements to effectuate the intent and purpose of the ordinance, which is to protect the public health and safety,” she said.
Both drafts require applicants to provide exploration, production, emergency and road plans. The county would require plans for storm water pollution prevention, waste disposal plan and site remediation.
The city ordinance would prohibit an applicant’s proposed drilling site from being any closer than 300 feet to any building, or production equipment from being closer than 750 feet to any building in the city limits — unless the building is owned or controlled by the applicant. No well would be allowed within 5,000 feet of a municipal water supply well.
The county’s ordinance proposes similar limitations. It would allow no oil or gas facility within 1,000 feet of a ground water recharge area. The facility would have to be at least 600 feet from residential property or lot line, 750 feet from a place of worship or school, 750 feet from an existing water well and 200 feet from a public road.
Fencing and locked gates for drilling sites are required within both ordinances.
The city ordinance requires a site’s disposal for waste to comply with the city’s and state’s air and water pollution control regulations.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Sandoval oil and gas Ordinance Info

Please distribute this note broadly.  Sandoval County has posted a draft O&G ordinance and a legal notice of two very near future O&G ordinance public input sessions - Aug 30 and Sep 6, both 6 pm at the usual County building:
Legal Notice:
Draft Ordinance:

Friday, August 5, 2016

2016 TECO PNM Integrated plan for NM and Public hearing Info

If there is anyone on this blog who knows more about this issue please contact me.
This type of storage containment and processing plant exploded near Chaco Canyon last month
Oil and gas wants to checkerboard the entire state of New Mexico (check out maps in plan links below)
In your Electric Bill this past month there was a gas pipeline notice of gas pipelines being constructed in the 2016 integrated plan

The gas companies are fear harping on the 2011 Climate Freeze that caused a gas shortage where thousands of people in northern NM  were without gas in severe frigid temperatures. 

Instead of a big picture overview the TECO / NM GAS /PNM is integrating electric and gas plans to run pipelines , processing plants through NM and under the border to Mexico. 

This is preparing for LNG that will be part of the TPP and shipped out of the Country to whomever buys the resources here. Under TPP treaty as a state we cannot disallow the sale of the  resources/gas. 

Residents need to be assured that the cold freezing climate will happen again and that we need to keep our resources here in the ground and support existing upgrades to stop methane releases that are some of the worst in the world.

Below there are a series of links for you to look at, and something to when discuss when considering the Sandoval ordinance and how these pipelines/refinery will effect drilling in Sandoval Counties and elsewhere. 

This is how the Gas companies work, they piecemeal PROJECTs so that there is no master plan, regarding funding, construction and resource management & safety, or transport and refining of gas throughout NM and delivery out of the country. There is hub refinery in the Plans around Rio Rancho in 2012 they said it was to expensive, check out the maps in the plan and see where the nearest processing plant and pipeline or drilling rig  is to you. 

August 15th is the deadline for anyone wanting to intervene in the lawsuit 
Does any know more about this lawsuit? if so, Please contact me I want to know more

October 12 2016 Public hearing on PRC PERA BLG BOARDROOM 1120 paseo De Peralta Santa Fe NM Stipulation and testimony in support of stipulation shall  be filed by Sept 16, 2016 

opposition to any stipulation shall be file by Sept 21 2016 ... SEE BOTTOM LINKS to BROWSE

County Service Agreement with NM Tech Lacks Costs and Valuable Public Input

Service Contract agreement between NMTECH and the County of Sandoval vague when it comes to the Oil and Gas Ordinances being written.On July 27 NM Tech and the County of Sandoval hammered out and signed an agreement regarding policy development and review of oil and gas drilling and production application, field inspection and presentation to public bodies. Nm Tech agreed to do this for an undisclosed amount of money. Yes, folks, the 4 year agreement has no agreed upon fees for their services rendered in the contract.Did Sandoval County just give Cart Blanc checks to NM Tech? Just how is public policy NM TECH’s forte, escapes me, for they will have no authority to enforce any regulation and gives the oil and gas industry first stab at drafting the Sandoval county oil and gas ordinance. There have been numerous studies of the hydrology in Sandoval, Bernalillo and Valencia Counties which are most likely the most studied areas in country on water quantity and quality.Why do we need more studies that may be true or not. I have seen Garbage in garbage out science reports. Many people do not consider NMTech exactly a independent third party.

Item #3 under Scope of Work leaves out the implications of the 2016 Integrated Plan by TECO/Nm Gas and PNM. This is currently being heard in NMPRC hearing starting with commenting periods (Aug15), testimony (OCt12) and their deadlines. (See our Facebook Posting on this to confirm date times and schedule of hearings) The 2016 integrated Plan is about expanding pipelines and processing plants through out the State and to run a gas line to Mexico that will port the gas overseas. Most likely this is plan is gearing up to export LNG. The TECO Plan is harping on the 2011 Freeze where 1000s of people suffered through -15 below severe cold for a week and had no heat due to frozen pipelines, wellheads and loss of transport.
In 2012 The PNM/NM Gas wanted to put a processing plant for fracking operations in Rio Rancho. At the time it was thought toby too expensive however maps show that processing plants and new pipelines in the new 2016 plan that include the entire state.
It comes down to the fact that the Scope of the Work and the costs of the work are vague or undetermined. County Planning has not included the scope or context of the 2016 Integration Plan and how that will proliferate gas production in Sandoval County and through out the state where in some areas where transport has been non-existent.
There are many people that support upgrading “existing” drilled wells, pipelines and processing plants in order to stop methane releases. Current releases are considered a crime against humanity in the amounts of methane and GHGEs that are emitted into the atmosphere daily in Sandoval and the 4 corners. The State of NM and its citizens are responsible to stop these releases. However, the Neoliberal politics that strangleholds NM that keeps people in poverty, without jobs in a stagnate economy that may soon crash, will not hire inspectors to this job and protect us.
Many see this plan as win for NM but it is going to have exactly the opposite affect. The only money Sandoval County should be counting on from the oil and gas industry are fees from implementing a Fee and dividend system that gives cash rebates to households with income levels under $80,000 a year.
Regarding liability on the contract, NM Tech is also subject to the immunities and limitations under the NM Tort claims Act NMSA 1978 Sec 41-1- through 41-4-27 regardless of jurisdiction and conflicts of law and choice of law principles. So if they screw up, it may be just too bad for residents to sue under a property taking in Rio Rancho and Rio Rancho Estates and would set a precedence for elsewhere around the state and beyond.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

OIl and gas lobbyist Gallagher says the County misled them ont he Sandridge application 

LOL---  So we are now being labeled and marginalized by oIl and gas because over 2600 people spoke out against fracking and oil drilling!
Please note it is only because the oil and gas industry has flat lined, the job loss and the hit to the state and local economies in NM that we now have a voice to politicians. 

I think Mr. Gallagher should point that finger right back to the failed lobbying strategies from the gutting oil an gas regulations and to convincing the state politicians and regulators to rubber stamp and "Streamline" the permitting process; while making sure there are no ordinances at a County level that would hinder unbridled drilling and destruction of the planet and running local communities into the ground. 

But make no mistake they fear the Oil and Gas industry that is evident in several areas of politics such as the Democrat platform committee that lost having a Democratic progressive platform by 3 votes, because the oil and gas industry led the LEA County contingent to take over the party. 

The tentacles of the insipid strategies by oil and gas are rhizomes developed to marginalize parties, platforms and people. 

There are 1000's of well leases and permits given if the price oil rises you can be sure they would want to develop all these wells. 

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Ordinances update, Rally, Moratorium and Fee and Dividend Proposal

We could have fracking rigs in the west Mesa by fall. Ordinances are being written to ensure that gas and oil wells will be permitted. Our aquifer will be compromised.
Elaine Cimino
On Monday 28th, the County Commission had a special work meeting to discuss the budget, oil and gas ordinances and a moratorium on oil and gas projects. The County invited NM Tech and heads of the NMEER, OCD and the Association of Counties to this meeting. The purpose of the meeting was that they needed to discuss how they were to handle the issues before them. The County stated that they needed reliable data so they could make a sound decision. 
The good news first.
The County will release the draft ordinance to the public on the oil and gas ordinance prior to the Planning & Zoning Commission (P&Z) meeting in order to allow input from the public at two public forums. Members of the public will be allowed to view, comment and suggest changes. NM Tech in Socorro is reviewing the drafted ordinance. We requested that we be allowed to review the draft document prior to the P&Z Commission. Planning and Zoning staff will schedule the forums. The process for the oil and gas ordinance will be presented to the public at two or three public forums, two P&Z public hearings. The document containing the final draft ordinance could then go to the County Commission in May, or June. It may be 3-4 weeks before the first public forum.
We could actually see oil drilling within 90 days of this approved ordinance unless we fight it. Please send your comments to us expressing what you think should be in the ordinances. The one thing we will require is a meter(s) on the wellhead(s).
Some of the changes already talked about in the draft ordinance were mentioned and there are red flags.
In the oil and gas ordinance, based on the Rio Arriba, San Miguel and Santa Fe Ordinance, the County will change the Special Use Permit into a two-tiered system. The exploration wells will be permitted with a Temporary Use Permit to allow the exploration.
A conditional use permit would be used in the San Juan Basin for production. This is problematic because separating the exploration from the production may allow for a plethora of wells like it did in Rio Arriba County, which has over 11,000 wells according to the OCD. Mike Springfield called “the Santa Fe Ordinance a bunch of riga-ma-row.” So, it sounds like the County will allow chemicals to be used. They said they took a couple of things from the Santa Fe ordinance, but not the main focus of the ordinance. County Commissioner Walters directed the county to filter the gaps between the OCD regulations and county land use ordinances. 
At the County Commission special work meeting, it was announced that this coming month the New Mexico oil and gas industry associates and NM Tech, in conjunction with the Association of Counties, have invited the P&Z and the Sandoval County Commission to a presentation they will be giving to the ABQ Bernalillo County Water Authority (ABCWA). The ABCWA will be presenting the geo-hydrology studies that they have done on the upper Albuquerque basin. Perhaps this will be an opportunity for the representatives of oil and gas to prep the commissioners and water authority for water purchases in the Middle Rio Grande Basin for the next big drill of Mancos Shale on the Albuquerque area West Mesa/ Pajarito plateau. The Mancos shale reaches into Santa Fe County and most likely on BLM and Pueblo lands too! See Mancos Shale
There were other telling comments made:
The oil and gas fight has just begun here in the Middle Rio Grande Valley.
The Association of Counties was also in attendance at the meeting and stated, “the Mora County Ordinance was very heavy handed.”
Then, Mike Springfield called the Email and written letters from the community against oil and gas “Spam.” He suggested that the groups combine their responses to the county so they don’t have to deal with all that.
Where are the Commissioners at regarding the votes on the issue?
The Commission is split on these issues.
Commissioners Madelena and Chapman are for oil and gas extraction and the use of fracking.
Commissioner Dominguez is against oil and gas extraction and the use of fracking if it affects farming and ranching.
Commissioner Walters is the swing vote.
Commissioner Schernzinger is against oil and gas extraction.
We were told this is a quasi-judicial issue by the County, however, I have been told by attorneys at the Foundation for Open Government that this is a legislative issue, not a quasi-judicial issue and talking to the County Commission is okay on this issue. The County Attorney and the County staff are trying to give us public participation with one hand and taking away public access to our representatives with the other hand. If a commissioner feels uncomfortable with talking to constituents, or meeting with them, they can say they cannot talk about this issue. There is nothing wrong with that. However, using it as a crutch to keep the public comment away from the Commissioners is unacceptable. It has been suggested that because it is the oil and gas industry who is involved, they may be erring on the side of caution. It’s important to point out here that these are two different types of hearings and the ex parte communication to one party, but not the other does not apply here. 
At the March 23 meeting, [it’s not clear which meeting this is] there were the oil and gas ordinances and the changes to the zoning ordinances from Rio Rancho Estates (RRE) presented without notice of the intended changes to the residents in the area who are going to be affected. This includes residents living in an area that could be considered extraterritorial locations, thereby making them exempt from local ordinances and laws.
At first I reported the RRE was changed from Rural-Residential zoning to Urban zoning, but after clarification from Makita Hill, the Urban Zoning that was in the main ordinances was made years ago for a development called Rio West, now defunct. We will not know what the exact language is to be until the county releases it. They do not expect the main ordinance to come back to P&Z until later next month. I believe everyone who will be affected has the right to know what plans the County has allowed the oil and gas industry to develop in the RRE and what lies beyond—the King Ranch.
The residents living in the area that would be affected have not been notified on these proposed “reformed” zoning and ordinance changes and this includes a 3-5 mile portion of the western city limits and the area west of the city known as Rio Rancho Estates that could be zoned as an extra-territorial Zone. There are ranges of other areas in Sandoval County that will be affected. 
If the County were creating an "urban district" in Rio Rancho Estates, it would become a ‘Brownfield’ making a way for the oil and gas industry to drill. The residents of the area have a right to address their concerns regarding quality of life issues.
If they decide to allow oil and gas development, the economics of the industry and its impacts could run the county and the property taxes into the ground. Only if we defend an unpolluted, healthy environment with sustainable economic policies will the middle managers, venture capitalists and other business interests be willing to locate here. They will not come to a sacrifice zone, where you cannot control the “polluters” who are only to willing in the pursuit of short term profits to turn our community into a superfund site.
The ideal place for these issues to be heard is in informational meetings and through public notices and hearings where they cannot be ignored by the County Staff or the Commission administrators well before they make critical & sometimes irreversible decisions. If our voices are not heard before decisions are made, then these public hearings become illusionary theatrics. Additional industry or industry in this area would demonstrate the County is purposefully planning industry around low-income, undeveloped, minority communities (and in the case of the oil and gas ordinance in the Northwest part of the County without access to adequate healthcare), that cause physical, economic, psychological and social effects. The oil and gas industry is no respecter of private property rights. They flourish in remote, underserved areas where residents are poorly informed and routinely experience prolonged financial distress linked to inadequate employment opportunities. The industry promotes itself as a job creator, but the reality is very different. Job creation is by no means impressive and the jobs they do create are temporary and transient. They exploit and deplete the resource, take their profits and move on leaving the mess behind for someone else to clean up. If you are temporarily employed with no prospect for a better job, it doesn’t matter what quality of healthcare is available if you can’t afford it. The physical, economic, psychological and social effects of oil and gas extraction are clearly devastating to families, communities, environments, the climate and the planet
There is an essential and important discretion that must be adopted by the county when considering, developing and administering legislation. Foremost should be the protection and guarantee of individual justice. The impact on middle-low-income undeveloped, minority communities from industrial sites must be minimized and, ideally, prevented altogether. The oil and gas industry is dedicated to proliferation and maximized profits. When we as a community agree to allow the exploitation of oil and gas resources, the evaluation of whether the effects on communities and social well-being will rise to the level of a public nuisance, or potential hazard to public health and welfare, is a relevant and vital issue. We cannot fully and properly consider the implications of changes to zoning and ordinances unless proper and timely notice and opportunity is assured for the community to participate in the process.
There are important revisions that must be made to what P&Z is doing in their efforts to provide ordinances that will serve the best interests of the people who live in Sandoval County. By opening the door to industry in rural and residential areas of the county, conflicting interests and values become inevitable. Clarity and transparency are of the utmost importance because I could not have known from the description on the agenda of meetings I have mentioned what ordinances were going to be discussed. While government is not "perfect," it does and should follow the law and that law requires government to assure public participation in a meaningful and democratic way. 
I believe that county officials are narrowly interpreting how and when the public is heard. We, the public, have a right to know what our county government is planning and how it will affect our lives and property and the environment we depend on for life. The purpose and essential goal of public participation during this process is to provide community members the opportunity to ask questions, offer their own technical evidence, cross examine witnesses and make non-technical statements. The establishment of procedures in writing to facilitate public participation in Sandoval County concerning applications and zoning changes must be made and posted on the county website so that questions on the policies the county is considering, or has made, can be submitted and addressed by everyone concerned. Unilateral government officials subvert our democratic institutions.
I will be making a presentation to the Commission, 1500 Idalia Road, Bernalillo, NM, 87004, County Commission Chambers, 3rd Floor Bldg. D, on April 7th at 6pm.
The topics are:
1 A Resolution to support the Fee and Dividend system on a state and national platform.
2 Fee and Dividend program for Sandoval County: what it would mean to the Residents.
3 To form a working group for Sandoval County to enact the Fee and Dividend system in Sandoval County in order to meter gas at the gas wellheads in order to bring the severance tax in line with 20-30% emissions from abandoned and low producing wells and to stop methane emissions.
Also, that night the County Commission will vote on a 2-year moratorium.

We need help with the following:
• 5-10 People with Excel MS skills to help with our mailing list with data entry. Each person will have 25-50 names to enter and send back to us.
• Research and Development on the working group for the Fee and Dividend System.
• To help with tabling at UNM
• Help with 1-2 minute PSA video projects
• Help research
• Help write Op-ed pieces and track Op-ed pieces locally and nationally
• Help hand out fliers on campuses and to businesses
• To go to meetings and support our cause
• To protest at the OCD, NMEER and Roundhouse for enforcement and more stringent regulations on oil and gas and for support of the Fee and Dividend System.
• Help create fliers
• Help update blog and group pages
• Help with social media submissions and outreach
Please contact Elaine Cimino for further information.
We need people to support a renewable and sustainable source for creating a better world! Helps us win the hearts and minds of the people and our leaders.
Several groups will be holding an anti-fracking and drilling rally on
April 20th 2016.
Keep it in the Ground Rally and Protest
Our land is under Attack!
BLM Lease Sale Courtyard
Marriot 3347 Cerrillos RD
Santa Fe NM
8:30 – 10 am

Thursday, February 25, 2016

RIO RANCHO CITY COUNCIL Candidates Overwhelming in favor of Drilling

Our resident researcher reviewed the city council forum on YouTube. At the 1:10:10 mark the candidates are asked about Sandridge and drilling. I took notes for each speaker, but there was a battery change so several answers were not shown. Also, Rio Rancho observer placed an article endorsing one candidate from each district. Each of their endorsements were in favor of drilling with another company. 

District 1
Joshua Hernandez - in favor of drilling - endorsed by the Observer
Joanne Dudley- no comment either way
Jim Owens - seemed to be against

District 4
David Bency - for drilling - endorsed by observer
Chris Balzano - maybe - pat answer
Battery change, did not hear other speakers

Does anyone know where the other candiates in this district stand on oil drilling? 

District 6
Marlene Feure - seemed to be cautious perhaps against - endorsed by observer 
Ron Hensey - for
Ryan Parea - pro oil

A commone was made on the Facebook article that each candidate endorsed seemed to be in favor of another company drilling. The comment was deleted. Fancy that!

Go to the 1:10:10 mark for Sandridge comments

This is an email from the Oil and Gas Association  regarding drilling in Sandoval County and the Next County Commission meeting March 23, 2016 

Don't think for one minute that this is going to stop until theses well speculations are stopped at our expense.

March 23rd next p7Z Meeting on Stopping Fracking and OIl Drilling in the ABQ Basin. 

It is interesting that Manatt's company, Thrust Research developed the prospect for SandRidge.  It is also interesting that this was never disclosed to the public even though  about details on the drilling for their exploratory well from the SandRidge company.  Other than the well was to  be a vertical well county Planners never responded to questions. They could have easily talked about the plans being made by this secret team of Thrust Research and government funded scientists from Los Alamos and Sandia Labs. Interesting that we have a "secret" team of government scientists involved in a project that is willing to commit subterfuge to do their experiments in our community, deceiving the citizens of the community! This information could have been disclosed to the public if the process had actually worked.  We now need to engage in the meeting on this subject on March 23rd  UNM Lab Driven 

From: Jim Manatt <>
Sent: Wednesday, February 24, 2016 9:55 AM
Subject: Re: Sandoval County P&Z Exploratory Well Zoning Permit

Sandridge informed us of their decision to withdraw their permit request from Sandoval County yesterday afternoon.  We are, of course, disappointed and disheartened by this decision.  It is a sad day for Rio Rancho, Sandoval County, the State of New Mexico, our school children, jobs and economic development.

Fortunately, our leases have long terms and are renewable.  We will evaluate the situation, regroup, listen to input, and respond accordingly.  As positive thinkers, we will see if the Phoenix can be raised from the ashes.

I hope that you will be willing to express positive views on the future potential of the project for all of New Mexico.

On 2/22/2016 8:51 PM, Jim Manatt wrote:
Dear Fellow Earth Science Professional:

As you may have seen in the news recently, Sandridge Energy is planning to drill an exploratory test some 6-8 miles northwest of Rio Rancho, testing primarily for Mancos Shale and underlying objectives.  The well has been approved and permitted by our State's regulatory authority the New Mexico Oil Conservation Division (OCD).  A special use zoning permit has been requested of the Sandoval P&Z Commission, required on fee minerals.

My company developed the prospect.  The scientific team who worked on this project included several 35-year geologists and geophysicists, including a published, peer-reviewed PhD geological/geophysical expert on the basin.  I speak only for myself and my team. The exploratory test is an important scientific investigation to confirm the strong probability of commercial hydrocarbons in the ABQ Basin using modern drilling and completion methods.  The well has been permitted as a vertical test, to include state-of-the-art to coring, downhole imaging, petrophyscial, geochemical and log analysis of the intervals of interest, essentially an "assay" of the petroleum system for future development.  If successful, the prospect of bringing a third basin into production in New Mexico is profoundly valuable to the school children, grandchildren and people of New Mexico with a major positive impact on our State's Permanent Funds, educational and infrastructure improvement funding.  We are a resource state.

All reasonable parties expect that a responsible future development program would be carefully discussed, planned, permitted, regulated and supervised by scientific and engineering experts within the regulatory authority at OCD, and approved by all stakeholders including the county in a reasonable and responsible manner based upon the knowledge gained by the Sandridge test.  At this moment, a vocal opposition group is apparently unwilling to consider even a responsible exploratory test, much less a future development program, in spite of the fact that Sandoval County is a producing county with some 1,600 oil & gas wells in existence, about 700 in current production.  These include approximately some 70 new lateral wells drilled in the Mancos in the northwestern part of Sandoval county by Encana and WPX Energy, with excellent results.  The currently proposed vertical exploratory test will confirm the extension and existence of an economic petroleum system into this area.

A recent Op Ed I wrote for the Rio Rancho Observer is attached if you would like further information, particularly economic impact and contributions.  If you care to be heard at the Sandoval County P&Z Commission considering this project, the next meeting is at 6 PMWednesday, March 23, 2016 at the Sandoval County Administrative Building, 1500 Idalia Rd, Building D, Bernalillo, NM 87004.  I hope that if you are in agreement that a single test is a worthy scientific investigation, you will attend and speak.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Sandridge Energy gets pass back to the P&Z Commission

Tonight the Sandoval County Commission granted Sandridge their request to postpone the hearing before the County Commission saying they needed to submit more information to the county. The Board voted 4-1 to remand the case back to the P&Z. 
The crowd was disappointed that we still have this issue hanging over their heads. Our group asked that the application be heard tonight and then voted down. The Board followed what they have done in previous cases where they remanded cases in order to give the applicant more time to provide needed information. This is third time they changed the process without asking for Sandridge to reapply. They were granted a waiver for a public information meeting, they got to amend their application in Dec and tonight they were granted more time. The P&Z will hear it March 23rd, and we go through the same process again. The Sandoval Board of County Commissioners may end up hearing this case in April. 
More to come... We will be there, Fighting the Good Fight! 
Tonight we may be on the news Channels 4&7 were there.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

County Commission Meeting Feb 18th

All hands raised against fracking in the Rio Grande Valley
Tell the Sandoval County Commission 
NO to Fracking and Oil Drilling  

6 pm 
County Commission Chambers 
3rd Floor 1500 Idalia Road, Building D Bernalillo, NM 87004 

Sandridge Energy/AMREP Application goes before Sandoval County Commission
This is your time to voice your concerns on oil drilling and fracking in our community. We need the largest turn out ever to vote down the application.

PROTECT our property values by voicing opposition to this application 
PROTECT our children and our families health,
PROTECT our community from: unfunded mandates, catastrophic accidents, impacts to first responders, water contamination including surface and ground water, road destruction from, excessive vehicle traffic, noise, toxic fumes from hauling, flaring and methane and other VOCs releases from fracking and drilling operations.  

There are over 30 Impacts from fracking to our community that violated the zoning ordinances as it now stands. Sandridge Energy/AMREP is asking for a special use permit. Go to our  website, download the resident form, write a 300 word statement for 2 minute comments or submit to County Commission via email. 
County Contact List on website.


Make a call, write an email or request an appointment to ask the County Commissioners:

Vote down the Sandridge AMREP application,
Move to establish a moratorium on oil and gas drilling, 
Vote to establish a strong oil and gas ordinance for Sandoval County. 

We still Need People to Cover * 9 More topics to cover.
Anyone wanting to Cover these impacts at C0unty Board Meeting?
Health Effects -- #17
Public Safety -- School Bus safety, Children's Welfare.

And any number below that
does not have a persons name and an asterisk *

#1 - Adverse Effects on Farmland *
#2 - Adverse Economic Development *
#3 Jackie Coombs - Housing Costs and Scarcity
#4 - maybe Donnie or Paul Allen - Property Values *
#5 Mike Milliard - Truck Safety and Road Conditions
#6 Paula Smith - Air Pollution
#7 Jackie Coombs - Crime Associated
#8 - Difficult WorkForce Retention*
#9 - Constraint of Growth *
#10 -Paula Smith & Lesile macFadden - Earthquakes
#11- Environmental Imacts From San and Gravel Mining
#13 Janice Bilbao - GroundWater/Well Casings
#16 - Infrastructure inadequacies*
#17 - Health Effects *
#25 - Wildlife Loss of habitat *
#26 - Loss of Open Space *
#27 Elaine CImino - Noise Pollution *
#29 - Soil Erosion *
#30 - Soil Compaction*
#31 - Strain on Water Infrastructre*
#32 Benton Howell -Surface Water
#33 Elaine Cimino -Visiual blight
#34 Robert Lang -Waste Water
#35 Dave Smith - Mike Neas - Palicitas Coalition - Water Depetion

See the precedding blog, Impact of Fracking. pick a topic, read the impact summary and ordinance and master plan citation that the impact violates. Then read your statement on the issues in 250-300 words, a person only has 2 minutes to speak.  We need more speakers to read and submit their statement at the meeting for the record. 

Monday, February 15, 2016

Still need these Impacts Covered for Thursday Meeting

Here are the Impact of Fracking Item Numbers Covered for thursday Night County Meeting
See the For the Numer
We still Need People to Cover * 9 More topics to cover.
Anyone wanting to Cover these impacts at COunty Board Meeting?

Health Effects -- #17
Public Safety -- School Bus safety, Children's Welfare.

And any number below that does not have a Persons Name and naan asterisk *

#1 - Adverse Effects on Farmland *
#2 - ADverse Economic Development*
#3 Jackie Coombs- Housing Costs and Scarcity
#4 maybe Donnie or Paul Allen - Property Values
#5 Mike Milliard Truck Safety and Road Conditions
#6 Paula Smith Air Pollution
#7-Jackie Coombs Crime Associated
#8 - Difficult WorkForce Retention*
#9 - Constraint of Growth *
#10 Paula Smith & Lesile macFadden Earth Quakes
#11- Environmental Imacts From San and Gravel Mining
#13 Janice Bilbao GroundWater/Well Casings
#16 - Infrastructure inadequacies*
#17 - Health Effects *
#25 - Wildlife Loss of habitat *
#26 - Loss of Open Space *
#27 Elaine CImino Noise Pollution *  
#29 - Soil Erosion *
#30 - Soil Compaction*
#31 - Strain on Water Infrastructre*
#32 Benton Howell -Surface Water
#33 Elaine Cimino -Visiual blight
#34-Robert Lang -Waste Water
#35 Dave Smith --Mike Neas - Palicitas Coalition Water Depetion