Watching Government: Ranchers and oilmen

06/03/2002
US Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, was scheduled to preside over a field hearing in Bloomfield, NM, May 31 that should be of interest to US oil producers within and outside New Mexico.Lawmakers were planning to take a second look at the Bureau of Land Management's oil and gas lease inspection program. PermitsBingaman met May 15 with BLM Director Kathleen Clarke following complaints by some ranchers in the Four Corners area (Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, and Arizona). Ranchers said BLM needs to increase the number of permit inspectors sooner rather than later because of environmental damage from operating leases that caused either...
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