By Mercy López and Martín Salazar
Las Vegas Optic
MORA — In a split vote on Monday, the Mora County Commission approved a community water rights and self-government ordinance, becoming the first county in the United States to permanently ban oil and gas drilling.
Roughly half an hour after the vote, the Pennsylvania-based Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, which helped draft the ordinance, touted the victory in a news release.
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