Lamy residents, energy officials meet over oil dispute

Updated: 01/18/2014 11:13 PM | Created: 01/18/2014 11:05 PM
By: Chris Ramirez, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The fight is on for residents in Santa Fe County, and they have made it clear that they do not want their town of Lamy to be turned into a crude oil distribution site.

Residents met with representatives from the company proposing the idea on Saturday evening.

As you would expect, things got heated.

Lamy is famous for being nothing.

Really—that is the draw.

People move to the town for a rural lifestyle to get away from city life and those who live in the serene town are fighting to protect that.

"My question to you is—why would you look for trouble and want to come to Lamy, Eldorado, and Galisteo?” said resident Rainy Upton.

Pacer Energy wants to use the town to exchange crude oil from trucks to trains.

About 250 concerned people met with representatives from Pacer Energy.

It is a lot more than a lifestyle they are trying to protect; they fear the company’s plans may ruin the environment.

"The oil can ruin everyone's wells—all down through the Galisteo Basin,” Desiree Alonza said.

Residents fear water contamination, but concern runs deeper.

Some fear one bad accident could set their historic town blazing.

"This is a one lane road that dead ends so how are we supposed to evacuate?" Alonzo said.

"We care, this is our state and we don't want to their oil...their crude oil—we'll fight until the end,” Upton said.

Representatives from Pacer Energy could not answer all the questions.

Many people wanted to know if this deal was already made or if the company was listening before acting.

"This is still being discussed in our corporate office, there has been leases signed to my knowledge with the Southern Santa Fe Railway," Donnie Talk of Pacer Energy Marketing said.

Lamy is proud of its draw, but the oil industry is one new resident the town does not want. 

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