From the release:
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce (R-N.M.) sent a letter this week urging the New Mexico Bureau of Land Management director to resolve administrative protests and fast-track a federal fracking plan near Carlsbad, N.M., even though fracking-induced earthquakes could trigger collapse of a massive brine well sinkhole in Carlsbad...“Only Rep. Pearce would gladly put the people and environment of this region at such grave risk from a completely avoidable catastrophic event simply to generate fracking revenues,” said Taylor McKinnon with the Center. “As usual, Pearce is thinking not of the people of New Mexico but only of the special oil and gas interests that continue to grease his jaded political journey.”
In the CBD's rush to criticize anything and everything about Pearce, they seem to have overlooked the fact the entire NM delegation made the same request. In the article N.M. delegation calls for $69M from BLM the Carlsbad Current-Argus reports:
Members of New Mexico's congressional delegation are requesting the Bureau of Land Management pay nearly $70 million in revenue to the state from a September oil and gas lease sale as soon as possible...Democratic U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and Reps. Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham cosigned an April 5 letter to BLM New Mexico director Amy Lueders. Rep. Steve Pearce, the state's only Republican Congressperson, sent his own letter to Lueders a letter on April 4. Both letters called for the expeditious closing of the protests so the state can receive the funds by the end of the fiscal year on June 30, 2017. "Delayed receipt of these funds could worsen the state's already precarious financial position, adding to the significant uncertainty of New Mexico's current economic forecast," the letter from the Democratic delegation reads. The five legislators also worried the state's budget could end up in the red should the payment not be received, a violation of the state's constitution.
I must admit I wasn't aware the four Democrats in our delegation think "not of the people of New Mexico" but instead continue on their "jaded political journey" and only respond to "special oil and gas interests." Were you aware of this?
This whole thing demonstrates what a radical, left-wing bunch is running the CBD.