Governor Richardson Announces Six Month Oil & Gas Drilling Moratorium in the Galisteo Basin. He says more research is needed. Imagine that, Fort Worth–researching the possible impact before you allow the operators to barrel in and set up shop.
“Gov. Bill Richardson didn’t waste any time diving back into New Mexico politics after dropping out of the presidential race. Friday afternoon, he called for a six-month ban on oil and gas drilling in the Galisteo Basin.
“I feel that there shouldn’t be drilling in the Galisteo Basin. In my judgment, it’s a very fragile ecosystem that has archaeological and groundwater issues,” Richardson told a group of reporters during a news conference Friday at the Roundhouse. He said the ban will allow time to study the water systems and archaeological resources of the area.”