KRQE-TV.com - MORA COUNTY, N.M. (KRQE) – A New Mexico county has voted to continue a ban on oil and gas drilling – a move that has resulted in lawsuits from the oil industry.
According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, the Mora County commissioners voted 2-to-1 Tuesday night to continue its ban.
The vote came as a surprise because on commissioner had talked about changing his vote.
Originally adopted in April of last year, Mora County became the only county in the nation to ban drilling.
A practice known as fracking has led to dramatic boosts in production which has triggered worries about damage to local water supplies and damage to the land.
The oil and gas industry claims there are no environmental issues with fracking. More