Grand jury petition accuses Lujan Grisham of authority abuse in COVID

Larry “Lead” Marker of Roswell said his business was devastated by state policies enacted under the administration of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham to limit emissions of methane and other pollutants by the oil and gas industry. 

His once lucrative independent oil production company Marker Oil struggled with the costs of compliance with New Mexico’s new rules on emissions, Marker said, leading him to a deeper interest in public policy and to take a stance against the Democrat-led executive branch. 

Marker led a petition to assemble a grand jury to investigate Lujan Grisham’s COVID-19 health orders, which he said were illegal and outside the governor’s authority. 

Since COVID-19 was first reported in New Mexico in March 2020, Lujan Grisham and her administration aggressively enacted restrictions on nonessential business operations and public gatherings. Public health orders required the use of face masks in public places and state government buildings.