I am writing today to announce the closure of the New Mexico Independent. After three and a half years of operation in New Mexico, the board of the American Independent News Network, has decided to shift publication of its news…
Bob Gallagher out as president of Oil and Gas Association
Bob Gallagher, New Mexico Oil and Gas Association‘s long-time top executive, was fired this week, the Independent confirmed Thursday.
Gallagher confirmed a statement that first ran in the New Mexico Business Weekly, which reported on Gallagher’s termination first: “They say I damaged the image and reputation of NMOGA so bad that I am no longer effective in representing the oil and gas industry.”
Gallagher is still negotiating his severance package with NMOGA and told The Independent “I have no doubt that by early next week that we will reach an amicable agreement which will allow myself and my family to stay in New Mexico. We are not leaving.”
Gallagher, who also served as a regent at New Mexico State University until 2008, when he was not reappointed, has lived in New Mexico for decades and known Gov. Bill Richardson for 25 years.
Gallagher was a senior adviser when Richardson was energy secretary under President Bill Clinton.
But Gallagher and the Richardson administration have locked horns on policies affecting the oil and gas industry.
Gallagher has been especially critical of the Richardson administration’s pit rules, partly blaming them for a decline in oil and gas revenues.