Tres­pass claim set­tled for $3.2M

Albuquerque Journal - - BUSINESS -

SANTA FE — The State Land Of­fice has set­tled a tres­pass­ing claim against a Hous­ton-based oil and gas com­pany for $3.2 mil­lion.

The Land Of­fice had ac­cused the com­pany of do­ing con­struc­tion work on state trust lands in Lea County with­out se­cur­ing rights-of-way ease­ments, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease from the of­fice.

Un­der the set­tle­ment, the com­pany must re­claim all dis­turbed areas and pro­vide a $250,000 recla­ma­tion bond.

“The rush to make a quick buck is com­ing at the ex­pense of New Mex­ico’s en­vi­ron­ment,” State Land Com­mis­sioner Aubrey Dunn said in the re­lease. “Our agency and the (Oil Con­ser­va­tion Divi­sion) need to step up to pro­tect our state and its lands from be­ing dam­aged by the Cal­i­for­nia-style gold rush hap­pen­ing in South­east New Mex­ico.”

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