Anti-fracking law adopted

Anti-fracking law adopted by Martin Salazar, April 3, 2012, Las Vegas Optic
Setting aside the grave concerns raised by its legal counsel and its insurer, the Las Vegas City Council voted 3-1 on Monday to approve a community bill of rights ordinance, becoming the first municipality in the state to do so. Moments after the vote, as jubilant backers of the controversial measure were celebrating, the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association notified the city attorney that it would be filing suit over the matter. … The ordinance seeks to elevate the civil rights of the community and of its natural resources while limiting the rights currently enjoyed by corporations. … Dubbed the Las Vegas Community Bill of Rights and Local Self-Government Ordinance, the measure makes it unlawful for any corporation to engage in the extraction of oil, natural gas, or other hydrocarbons within the city of Las Vegas and its watersheds.

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