Watching Government: Field hearings look at NEPA

House Resources Committee task force reviewing the National Environmental Policy Act was to hold the fourth of six field hearings Aug. 1 in Rio Rancho, NM. Rocky Mountain oil and gas producers were looking forward to it.John Zent, compliance manager at Burlington Resources Inc.’s San Juan division in Farmington, NM, will testify on behalf of the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association. NMOGA Pres. Bob Gallagher was helping finalize the written testimony when I telephoned him at the association’s office in Santa Fe.“We will try to highlight our concerns in the areas where we think NEPA is broken,” he told me. “We think we should do more than just complain, however,...

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