Created: 03/13/2014 7:50 AM
By: The Associated Press
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The Mora Land Grant association is joining in the fight against oil and gas drilling in northern New Mexico.
The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the group recently filed a motion to intervene in the federal lawsuit brought against Mora County by a Texas company.
Mora County Commission is locked in battle with Texas-based Shell Western over oil and gas drilling on private land.
The northern New Mexico county passed an ordinance in April 2013 banning the extract oil, gas or any other hydrocarbon.
The county was first sued over the ordinance in November by the Independent Petroleum Association of New Mexico trade group and three Mora County property owners. Shell Western, or SWEPI, filed a second lawsuit.
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