- Associated Press - Friday, January 29, 2016

BERNALILLO, N.M. (AP) - An advisory board has recommended that Sandoval County deny permits for an Oklahoma company to explore for oil outside Rio Rancho.

The County’s Planning and Zoning Commission on Thursday said that he County Commission should deny SandRidge Oil’s two requests to drill an exploratory well west of the city’s limits.

The recommendation says SandRidge did not provide enough information to support the zoning change.

Critics of the plan say the wells would be too close to residential areas.

County commissioners will consider the proposal in the coming months.

A SandRidge representative declined to comment on Thursday’s decision.

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