Latest Otero Mesa Stories

2008-08-11 15:00:00

By Copyright 2008 Albuquerque Journal By Andrew Webb Journal Staff Writer Opponents of opening new areas offshore and in Alaska to oil drilling frequently cite the fact that millions of acres already leased by oil and gas companies sit idle. Oil companies, they say, are hoarding and should drill these leases before potential new fields are opened. But, in New Mexico, more than threefourths of leased federal acres are delivering natural gas or crude oil. Some of the leases that...

2005-08-24 06:37:42

SANTA FE (AP) -- Federal workers eating lunch this month on Otero Mesa spotted two endangered aplomado falcons, the first sighting of the rare birds in years and another weapon in a battle by state officials and environmentalists against drilling on the mesa. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has proposed allowing drilling on parts of the mesa in south-central New Mexico. Earlier this year, it approved a plan to guide such development. Otero Mesa contains the nation's largest contiguous...

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