I blogged on Monday about how the oil and gas industry stated in the New York Times that it was up to the state's to regulate safe drilling. And that they then would heavily fund against any efforts to do so. Most of this issue involved water quality associated with fracking of rock formations in the mid west to get more gas out.
Fast Forward to New Mexico's Legislature where House Bill 297 would lessen regulations on overseeing old oil and gas wells and their danger to our water supplies. This little gem is being sponsored by Representative Thomas Garcia of Ocate, NM. (Who got him to do this?)
This bill was vetted by the New Mexico Conservation Voters and found to present a danger. After many days of negotiations it was thought that a compromise was reached but when the substitute bill was presented it contained none of the compromises. This bill was certainly written by the oil and gas industry.