- Associated Press - Sunday, November 2, 2014

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) - Environmental activists are calling on federal officials to cease giving out oil and gas drilling permits in the Farmington area until an environmental study is done.

The Daily Times reports (https://bit.ly/1E7beWy) that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management plans to issue a formal response to a 34-page letter drafted by several environmental groups.

WildEarth Guardians and the Western Environmental Law Center are among several organizations who voiced issues a letter sent Monday to the BLM’s Farmington Field Office about approving Mancos Shale drilling permits.

They say the “rampant approval” of drilling and fracking threatens wildlife, water and air in the region.

The groups say more than 1 million gallons of water are needed to drill one well.

BLM spokeswoman Donna Hummel says the agency has formed an internal committee to respond.

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Information from: The Daily Times, https://www.daily-times.com

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