20 Mar '17, 9pm

Report: New Mexico has sold 4 million acres of land to oil companies and development

Report: New Mexico has sold 4 million acres of land to oil companies and development

Of the 12,794,718 acres of land New Mexico was granted at statehood in 1912, the New Mexico State Land Office has sold off nearly 4 million acres—some 30% of its original land holdings. Once sold, state land acreage has often become industrialized for short-term economic gain with little regard for the health consequences and the environmental damage it can cause to surrounding communities. Notable examples include Molybdenum Corporation of America's purchase of nearly 4,000 acres of state trust land near Río Grande del Norte National Monument, part of which was used as a mine tailing site (since identified as a polluted "Superfund" area and currently owned and operated by Chevron) and Yates Petroleum Inc.'s purchase of 14,710 acres for oil exploration and drilling. In New Mexico's state legislature, 12 bills have been introduced since 2013 with the ultimate goal of seizin...

Full article: https://wilderness.org/report-new-mexico-has-sold-4-milli...

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