Bush Drilling Plan Brings Foes Together

From the Los Angeles Times a report on the opposition to drilling for gas on southeast New Mexico’s Otero Mesa — “an unusual alliance of ranchers, environmentalists, hunters and property-rights activists” lead by Governor Bill Richardson.

“I am a lifelong Republican. I was a fundraiser for President Bush, and I never thought I’d be saying what I am today,” said Tweeti Blancett, a sixth-generation rancher from San Juan County in northwest New Mexico, where the landscape holds 35,000 wells. An additional 10,000 are planned.

“Our ranch has been devastated by drillers, our water is poisoned and so are our cows,” Blancett said. “These oil companies are getting away with murder, ruining the land, and no one is stopping them.”