Santa Fe County supports Biden ban on oil and gas leases

Santa Fe County supports the ongoing halt on new federal oil and gas leases in New Mexico and across the country.

The block on new leases was imposed via executive order by the administration of President Joe Biden upon taking office, and was intended to pause any new leases while the U.S. Interior Department reviews its federal fossil fuel program, potentially updating policies like bonding and fees paid by energy companies to develop on federal land or lands available for drilling.

On March 31, the Board of County Commissioners of Santa Fe County voted to approve a resolution that expressed support for Biden’s actions, even after the move received push back from the oil and gas industry and local government in the oil-rich Permian Basin region in southeast New Mexico.