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Fiery debate ensues over oil and gas ordinance in Sandoval County

Kasia Gregorczyk
September 22, 2017 05:18 PM

BERNALILLO, N.M. -- Sandoval County commissioners heard heated discussion Thursday night on a controversial oil and gas ordinance.

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The ordinance would allow for oil wells within 750 feet of houses, schools, churches and hospitals. The commission voted 4-1 on a measure to publish the ordinance before it goes to a final vote on Oct. 19.

The meeting lasted more than four hours. It was a packed house, so much so the fire marshal had to turn people away from the meeting room. The crowd erupted time and time again during the meeting.

Opponents of the commission's proposed oil and gas ordinance claim they've had zero input in the process.

"No requirement for any public hearing, no requirement for public notice, no requirement for public vote," said one speaker, George Fransen.

Another concern was the quality of life and drinking water.

There were also supporters of the ordinance. Some claimed Sandoval County would be losing employment opportunities.

"The noise you hear behind you … we need jobs here today," one supporter said. "They're going to go other places."

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