Tuesday, August 8th at 6p.m. 1500 Idalia Rd. Bernalillo, 87004. Third floor of the Administration Building.
Sandoval County is in the process of amending its Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance to deal with oil and gas extraction.
The current draft has serious flaws and does not sufficiently address potential impacts to our water, air, soil, noise, odors, or county services. It does not require oil and gas companies to conduct environmental impact assessments before drilling. It lacks considerations for cultural, archeological, recreational and wildlife sites; and much more.
Now, the County Planning and Zoning Commission is considering whether to scrap the draft and instead approve drilling permits using Special Use provisions in the existing Zoning Ordinance. This means the County can approve each oil and gas application based on a set of general standards rather than amending the Ordinance to outline more specific requirements.