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Sportsmen Set Sights on an Energy Policy that Protects Wildlife

May 25, 2007

Sportsmen and anglers from across the Rocky Mountain West are in Washington this week to adopt an energy policy that balances oil and gas development with greater protection of wildlife and water resources.

Tim Turri, who runs a guided big game hunting service in Otero County, is with the group and says he worries about the proposed energy development for Otero Mesa.

"Our goal is to convince lawmakers that we really don't want to see Otero Mesa develop into a landscape that would resemble what we have in the Permian area, or the Artesia-Carlsbad-Hobbs area."

Turri says a new bill before Congress would help ensure more responsible energy development.

"A handful of provisions in the new bill would still allow energy production, it would just have a few more checks and balances in it for the environment."

Turri says he understands the economic importance of energy development in New Mexico, but he believes it can be done while providing protections for wildlife. The group is supporting a number of measures in the "Energy Policy Reform and Revitalization Act," recently introduced by Representative Nick Rahall of West Virginia.

Eric Mack, Public News Service - NM