Sandoval County Citizens Organize to Regulate Fracking

The citizen group We Are One River is organizing a rally prior to the Tuesday, May 23 Sandoval County Planning and Zoning Commission meeting to urge the commission to draft an ordinance regulating the oil and gas industry, which is already operating on a massive scale in the Chaco Canyon area of the county. The rally begins at 4:30 p.m. at the Sandoval County Administration Building, 1500 Idalia Road, Bernalillo, New Mexico. People can sign up to speak at the meeting, which begins at 6 p.m.

You can find more information at the We Are One River Facebook page. This is a brief excerpt describing the situation:

“Sandoval County is poised to become the epicenter of the next fracking boom. The brutal economics of the extraction industry that caused the Nixon administration to declare the San Juan Basin a “national energy sacrifice zone” continue today. The consequences promise to be devastating.

There are already over 600 fracked wells in the NW part of the county, concentrated in the greater Chaco Canyon area. These predominately Navajo communities are already experiencing the health & safety impacts that occur with fracking. The county has the legal standing to pass an oil & gas ordinance that could protect its residents, but has failed to do so to date. State and Federal laws take precedence over county laws, but most of our State laws regulating the oil and gas industry date back to 1935 and do not address new technologies like fracking. After the Mora County ban on fracking was overturned in federal court, many citizens’ and environmental groups have felt that strong county ordinances are our best chance at protecting our watershed and our communities. Ordinances are drafted by the planning and zoning board whose members are appointed by county commissioners.”




    • David,

      Many of the people who opposed the Community Rights Ordinance in Mora that banned oil and gas development and was found to be unconstitutional are reluctant to participate in a movie made by the proponents of the CRO based on their behavior during this very contentious time. Opponents, who raised critical issues about the legality of the CRO and the manner in which it was promulgated, were often maligned, both publicly and privately, in ridiculous ways. For my reporting on the issue in La Jicarita, I was called a shill for the oil and gas industry. Paula Garcia, who as a county commissioner voted against the CRO, favoring strict regulation instead, was also called a shill by one of the land grant people I interviewed. John Olivas was voted out of office after he pushed the CRO through. I’ve documented the entire sorry story in my e-book available on the La Jicarita website,


  1. Frac Fluid Soup

    The following is a recipe for delicious frac-fluid soup. You can buy it at local grocery stores if making your own is too much trouble.

    1/2 cup of food grade guar gum powder (available from Halliburton or various importers)

    2 cups of water (available from your local muncipal water system)

    1 cup diced carrots (Loews, Sprouts, Wil Oats, etc.)

    1/2 cup tomato paste (Loews, Sprouts, Wil Oats, etc.)

    3 diced potatoes (Loews, Sprouts, Wild Oats, Albertsons, Wal-Mart, etc.)

    1 diced celery stalk (Loews, Sprouts, Wil Oats, etc.)

    1 500 mg crushed pill of vitamin C (available from local pharmacy)

    (Serves two)

    Bill Turner

    Mix guar gum and water add crushed vitamin C pill and boil to dissolve. Add carrots, potatoes, tomato paste, celery and boil for 30 minutes. Add touch of salt and pepper to taste. Serve and ingest. To make frac fluid, eliminate vegetables and touch of salt and inject. Or, take the short cut and start with the frac fluid and add vegetables.

    If you wish thicker soup add additional guar gum in desired amount.



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