Editor’s Note: As we begin week three of our fundraiser we’ve just about reached $1,000 in donations. Thanks to the folks who sent in contributions over the weekend, several of whom are now sustaining members, donating on a monthly basis. Remember, this is Community Supported Journalism: any amount you can afford will help keep us going. If you don’t like using Paypal in the Donate link you can send a check to: La Jicarita, HC 65, Box 206, Chamisal, NM 87521. Also, please take a look at the two announcements below: a Wednesday hearing on HB 199 and a Thursday showing on PBS of “A Thousand Voices,” a locally produced documentary.
There will be a hearing on HB199 in the House Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Wednesday Feb 18th, 8:30 a.m., Room 309 of the Roundhouse. The bill prohibits county jurisdiction over oil and gas operations. See the February 11 La Jicarita for a full analysis of this bill.
HOUSE BILL 199
52ND LEGISLATURE – STATE OF NEW MEXICO – FIRST SESSION, 2015
Paul C. Bandy
RELATING TO OIL AND GAS; AMENDING AND ENACTING SECTIONS OF THE NMSA 1978 TO PROVIDE FOR JURISDICTION OVER OIL AND GAS OPERATIONS.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO:
SECTION 1. Section 70-2-6 NMSA 1978 (being Laws 1935, Chapter 72, Section 4, as amended) is amended to read:
70-2-6. COMMISSION’S AND DIVISION’S POWERS AND DUTIES.–
A. The oil conservation division [shall have, and is hereby given] of the energy, minerals and natural resources department has jurisdiction and authority over all matters relating to the conservation of oil and gas and the prevention of waste of potash as a result of oil or gas operations in this state. [It shall have] The division has jurisdiction, authority and control of and over all persons, matters or things necessary or proper to enforce effectively the provisions of [this] the Oil and Gas Act or any other law of this state relating to the conservation of oil or gas and the prevention of waste of potash as a result of oil or gas operations, and no political subdivision or other instrumentality of the state shall have jurisdiction, authority or control relating to oil and gas operations, except municipalities and those specifically provided pursuant to law.
B. The commission [shall have] has concurrent jurisdiction and authority with the oil conservation Division to the extent necessary for the commission to perform its duties as required by law. In addition, any hearing on any matter may be held before the commission if the division director, in [his] the director’s discretion, determines that the commission shall hear the matter.”
SECTION 2. A new section of Chapter 4 NMSA 1978 is enacted to read:
“[NEW MATERIAL] COUNTY RESTRICTIONS.–A county shall not adopt ordinances that restrict oil and gas activities.”
A Thousand Voices
“A Thousand Voices,” a New Mexico produced documentary, will be aired on PBS Thursday, February 19 at 7:00 pm. The title, based on the proverb “It takes a thousand voices to tell a single story,” refers to the voices of tribal women who tell the history of Spanish, Mexican, and United States invasions of the Southwest. Silver Bullet Productions, a non-profit educational film company in Santa Fe that produced the documentary, states that the film “focuses on women who carry forth the collected memory, traditions, and beliefs of their ancestral families, clans, and tribal communities. Each woman tells a story deeply rooted to her culture . . . and the ‘thousand voices’ that precede her.” Film participants are from the Navajo Nation, Mescalero Apache Tribe, Jicarilla Apache Tribe, Kiowa Tribe, Pueblo de Cochiti, Ohkay Owingeh, and the pueblos of Acoma, Laguna, Jemez, Santa Domingo, Pojoaque, Santa Clara, Taos, Nambe, and San Ildefonso.
Silver Bullet Productions board member and co-producer Matthew Martinez (Okay Owingeh), who teaches at Northern New Mexico College, told La Jicarita that the film is based on a narrative by Conroy Chino (Acoma), who many New Mexicans will remember as a TV reporter in Albuquerque. The film is directed by Maura Dhu Studi, another familiar New Mexico name, and was funded by San Manuel Band of Mission Indians based in California. Martinez hopes that the study guide included in the DVD will be used in classrooms to get this untold story out to students.