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Sportsmen: Give Public Lands a 'Sporting Chance' Against Energy Development

April 17, 2008

Albuquerque, NM - Sportsmen say New Mexico's prized wild spaces should be given a "sporting chance" in the face of a growing energy boom. Hunters, anglers, and outdoorsmen from around the state and the West are calling for more responsible energy development and a "Sportsmen's Bill of Rights."

Oscar Simpson with the New Mexico Wildlife Federation says public lands are meant to have multiple uses, including recreation and development. He says there's a way to do it and he's seen it done before, though not by the current national administration.

"You can have it both ways. You can protect fish and wildlife habitat and the water resources as well as developing the energy that we need, and that's what we're about."

The "Sportsmen's Bill of Rights" calls for more public input and control over public lands and says industry should pay a fair share of the cleanup costs associated with energy development. Members of the group are testifying today at a House Small Business Committee hearing on oil and gas development on public lands.

Mike Dombeck, former chief of the U.S. Forest Service, says when it comes to energy development, there's no need to follow in the footsteps of yesterday's mining industry and the environmental legacy it left in the West.

"Because of mining, 40 percent of the streams in the west are impaired in some way, with some completely fishless as a result. We don't have to do that any more."

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Eric Mack/Craig Eicher, Public News Service - NM