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Letters

  • Glad drilling ban adopted

    Congratulations to the Mora County Commissioners who voted to protect the beautiful land of Mora County.

    NPR radio recently shared a study addressing the effects of pollution on air, water and soil from gas and oil drilling. The conclusion of the study indicated that science has done very little regarding the effect on the environment.

    The study also pointed out that some of the rules and regulations EPA is to apply in monitoring natural gas and oil drilling won’t even take effect until three years from now.

  • Commissioners were courageous
  • Letter writer responds

    Frank Splendoria’s letter (April 26-28 Optic) requested my source for the number of oil and gas spills with groundwater impact. It was the NM Oil Conservation Division database, as queried on Nov. 29, 2012, http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/ocd/. An Apr. 30, 2013 query listed 15,586 self-reported spills, of which 747 are tagged “Groundwater Impact.”

    Bob Wessely
    San Miguel County

  • Mil Gracias - May 6, 2013

    Comcast Cares Day was held last Saturday at the First Born of Northern New Mexico office at 1900B Hot Springs Blvd.

    We had 26 people participate in Comcast Cares Day, which seems small compared to the 70,000 people worldwide who were doing Comcast Day, but to us it was very important. Our facility got all the woodwork painted in the building plus the kitchen. Carpeting was shampooed and a new front door was donated and installed. The final upgrade was window flower boxes on our porch, which are beautiful.

  • Communities won’t remain passive

    This is a really big day for Mora. Outsiders from big oil consistently would be at our commissioner meetings. Never making eye contact or inviting any sort of greeting, the big oil minions made my stomach turn. In their minds Mora had already been divided into 64 pads, each host to four wells. I congratulate two commissioners’ hard work: John Olivas and Alfonso Griego for not laying waste the land of our forefathers.

    Ken Bugler
    Orofino, Idaho
    (Former Mora County resident)  
     

  • Olivas, Griego ‘true heroes’

    As a property owner in Mora County, I would like to commend our County Commissioners John Olivas and Alfonso Griego for standing up for the citizens of Mora County on April 29 by passing the community water rights and local self-government ordinance. They have taken a huge step showing their courage, integrity, and commitment to protect our water and our general welfare from damaging corporate interests.

    We are faced with the threat of natural gas companies wanting to exploit our resources. The environmental impacts from gas fracking are devastating. Such as:

  • Supports Mora’s drilling ban
  • Head Start cuts should be reversed

    First let me say that I’m really sorry to hear that the Head Start program is being cut in funding. In my younger days I was social services coordinator for the Head Start program in Cheyenne, Wyo. I was elected vice chair for Region 8 in Denver, Colo., and president of the Wyoming Head Start Staff Association for the whole state of Wyoming.

    This program is one of the most important, serving children from low-income homes, and it not only helps the child get a good head start in life, it benefits the whole family.

  • Recall organizers need to reconsider

    We do not understand the reasons behind the movement toward recalling Mayor Alfonso Ortiz. This is a very costly process for the city of Las Vegas, and ultimately we the taxpayers will pay the price for an unnecessary action. There is no evidence Mayor Ortiz has done anything illegal or corrupt.

  • Fear-mongers are wrong on fracking

    Just like with fracking, some years ago there was a similar hue and cry about the Forest Service’s thinning of the upper Gallinas Watershed. Then, like now with oil and gas development, the fear-mongers will be proven wrong.