New Mexico Political Report

Advocacy group says BLM has favored oil and gas over an endangered bird species

by New Mexico Political Report | December 27, 2023
Nearly every time that oil and gas operators have applied for exemptions measures aimed at protecting the endangered lesser prairie chicken, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s Carlsbad Field Office has granted those requests, according to information gathered by Public Employees for ...

Equal footing: Conservation leasing proponents say proposal will place the environment on the same level as other land uses

by New Mexico Political Report | July 6, 2023
The vast majority of BLM lands are managed for either extraction or livestock grazing. A 2016 analysis conducted by the Wilderness Society found that 90 percent of BLM land is open for oil and gas drilling. Meanwhile, about 60 percent of BLM lands are leased for grazing, according to an ...
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