Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Senate Memorial 78 moves to Senate Conservation Committee
Senator Mimi Stewart's, Senate Memorial 78 will be heard in the Senate Conservation Committee tomorrow at. If it passes it will go to the Senate Floor. This Memorial is a big step in recognizing the importance of Local Government regulations on the extractive industries.
Federal EPA regulations are already being rolled back. On the State level the NM Oil Conservation Division is incapable of increasing fines and even collecting fines from bad actors in the oil and gas industry because of a 2009 State Supreme Court ruling which makes it necessary for the NM Attorney General to file suit against violators. Because of political reasons this has not been done since 2009.
SM 78 would show New Mexico Senate encouragement and support for Local Governments to protect the health,safety and general welfare of the citizens by establishing oil and gas ordinances.