- Associated Press - Saturday, October 11, 2014

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) - A northern New Mexico county is considering repealing an ordinance that made it the first county in the nation to permanently ban oil and gas drilling.

The Las Vegas Optic reports (https://goo.gl/tHif3k) Mora County commissioners last month began laying the groundwork to repeal the ordinance that drew national and international attention and sparked two federal civil rights lawsuits.

The commission voted to give public notice that it would take up repeal of the ordinance at a future meeting.

Opponents of the ordinance say the law is unconstitutional because it infringes on individual property rights and restricts the rights that corporations enjoy.

Mora County resident Ed Littleton says he supported the repeal and believed the county was “wasting too much time on a futile effort.”

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Information from: Las Vegas Optic, https://www.lasvegasoptic.com

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