NM lawmakers tell Biden they support his moratorium on oil and gas – About Your Online Magazine


President Joe Biden is receiving many letters from New Mexico lawmakers. And all because, when he took office for the first time, he stopped new oil and gas drilling on federal lands. First, there was a letter from Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham pleading on behalf of the state. She asked to give credit to New Mexico for the advances made in clean energy. “I am clearly concerned that early on, with very little guidance, we will have an announcement to delay, right, a moratorium on lease applications,” Lujan Grisham said at an economic forum in March. Now, 24 Democratic state lawmakers want to make sure their opinions are heard too. Therefore, they signed another letter to the president this week expressing their strong support for the moratorium. “I don’t blame the governor at all. I fully understand why she is doing this,” said Senator Carrie Hamblen, D-Las Cruces, who is leading the attack. “I think we need to continue the moratorium on oil and gas leases. We have a number of gas accesses to gas sites that are not yet being used, so we will not continue to drill further and use what we have. “So what’s at stake? Environmentalists say it’s the future of the planet. Economists point out that the oil and gas industry employs about 100,000 in the state and generates another $3.1 billion in tax revenue that will help “It’s not that we’re saying you should stop fracturing completely,” Hamblen said. “What we’re saying is the time to start a conversation so we can start moving from extractive industries to which are much better for the environment”.

President Joe Biden is receiving many letters from New Mexico lawmakers.
And all because, when he took office, he stopped new oil and gas drilling on federal lands.

First, there was a letter from Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham pleading on behalf of the state. She asked to give credit to New Mexico for the advances made in clean energy.

“I’m clearly concerned that right off the bat, with very little guidance, we’re going to have an announcement to delay, right, a moratorium on lease applications,” Lujan Grisham said at an economic forum in March.

Now, 24 Democratic state lawmakers want to make sure their opinions are heard too.
So they signed another letter to the president this week expressing their strong support for the moratorium.

“I don’t blame the governor, I completely understand why she is doing this,” said Senator Carrie Hamblen, D-Las Cruces, who is leading the attack. “I think we need to continue with the moratorium on oil and gas leases. We have a number of gas accessing gas sites that aren’t yet being used ​​so we’re not going to continue drilling more and using what we have.”

So what’s at stake?

Environmentalists say it’s the future of the planet. Economists point out that the oil and gas industry employs about 100,000 in the state and generates more than $3.1 billion in tax revenue that will help fund schools, public safety and roads.

“It’s not that we’re saying you should stop fracturing completely,” Hamblen said. “What we are saying is the time to start a conversation so we can start moving from extractive industries to those that are much better for the environment.”

Paula Fonseca