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General News    H3'ed 11/15/19

Report: 95% of oil and gas leases on public lands in NM are in 'extremely high' water stress areas

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“The expansion of fossil fuel development on U.S. public lands could endanger the quantity and quality of water that is available to farmers, towns, and other water users in the region,” said Jenny Rowland-Shea, a senior policy analyst for Public Lands at Center for American Progress, in a statement.

The report pointed to a federal court decision in May that cited BLM for failing to fully consider the cumulative impacts of oil and gas activity in the Greater Chaco landscape located in northwestern New Mexico. 

“BLM has not developed adequate guidance for how the agency should take water impacts into consideration for oil and gas leasing decisions,” it said. “BLM should develop specific agency-wide guidance to ensure adequate and consistent consideration of potential energy-development impacts on watersheds.”

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