Vote on Sandoval Cty oil well ordinance scheduled for Thursday

Vote on Sandoval Cty oil well ordinance scheduled for Thursday Web Staff
October 19, 2017 08:28 AM

BERNALILLO, N.M. – Imagine oil wells just 750 feet from the places where you might spend most of your day.


That’s the reality that some face in the form of a proposed ordinance in Sandoval County that is up for final vote on Thursday, according to the Sandoval County Commission’s agenda for a meeting that will be held that evening. The ordinance has opponents as well as those who support more drilling.

The ordinance would allow for oil wells within 750 feet of houses, schools, churches and hospitals; that’s about the equivalent of two-and-a-half football fields.

Supporters say it could mean jobs for the area, while opponents don’t want the noise or other effects near their homes and other buildings.

Activists from Common Ground Rising – which focuses on preventing changes that negatively impact water and the air – plan to protest at 4:15 p.m. ahead of the meeting.

The meeting takes place at the county commission building at 1500 Idalia Road in Bernalillo.

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