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Guv wants Obama to name Otero Mesa a national monument
Governor Bill Richardson wants President Barack Obama to designate Otero Mesa a national monument to help protect the area.
As governor I have fought hard to protect Otero Mesa, but if we are going to ensure the protection of this national treasure for future generations we need a permanent federal designation,” Richardson said of the southern New Mexico grassland area.
Richardson sent a letter to the Obama administration in March in support of naming Otero Mesa a national monument.
In May, Otero County approved an ordinance requiring local approval of any attempt to name Otero Mesa a national monument.
Last year, the state of New Mexico won a case against the federal government which stopped drilling for oil and gas in Otero Mesa. The state won because the Bureau of Land Management did not complete an environmental impact report.