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In the May 4 editorial “Mora County’s drilling ban, moral high ground or moronic?” the author is rightfully concerned about Mora County property owner’s rights to be able to have a legitimate say in how they might use their land to derive income.
Additionally and unquestionably New Mexico and the United States/rest of the world’s energy suppliers and distributors require energy-resources and distribution capabilities to enable them to a) earn a reasonable and fair profit and b) supply their customers with enough energy to support their food production/manufacturing/transportation/social and personal needs too.
To complicate long-term planning however, in Otera Mesa, which is sits atop N.M.’s last untapped water supply, the Mora County/Permian/San Juan Basins and other N.M. and neighboring counties where oil/gas drilling bans are being considered in many cases split estate laws exist. These create controversy about who actually owns the mineral rights.
However realistically there are long-term moral, scientific, economic and national security high-ground reasons for proposing the controversial exploitation bans.
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