Proposed Fracking Ban Ignores Scientific and Economic Reality

SANTA FE – House Republicans are opposing a bill that would impose a four-year moratorium on hydraulic fracking in New Mexico. Senate Bill 459 targets the technology that has created thousands of jobs and delivered a surplus of over $1 billion to the state. Energy industry officials have called the proposed moratorium devastating and offensive.

“This effort ignores science and is ignorant of reality,” said Rep. Cathrynn Brown (R-Carlsbad). “Fracking has been used safely and successfully in New Mexico for more than six decades. We’re proud of the oil and gas industry and the tremendous work it does in New Mexico. Perhaps the supporters of this disastrous bill would be willing to return the money the industry generates for their districts.”

“There are thousands of hard-working New Mexicans all over the state who deliver affordable and reliable energy to the world. This bill sends the message that Santa Fe doesn’t care,” said Rep. Jim Townsend (R-Artesia) “Our neighbors, our communities and our state deserve better.”