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Otero Mesa

Case Overview

Otero Mesa is a desert grassland in New Mexico that provides habitat for several federally protected species. Conservationists and the State of New Mexico want to protect the most sensitive areas, while the Bush administration wanted to throw it all open to oil and gas development.

On April 28, 2009, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision invalidating the Bush administration drilling plan for Otero Mesa.

Case Updates

January 10, 2006 | Legal Document

Otero Mesa FOIA Complaint

Tries to acquire documents relating to the government’s plan to open unroaded wild areas of the Otero Mesa to oil and gas drilling (May 13, 2004)

January 10, 2006 | Legal Document

Otero Mesa Complaint

Challenges a secret meeting of an advisory committee to the BLM made up of gas and oil industry representatives (Jan 2, 2004)

January 8, 2006 | Fact Sheet

Otero Mesa

New Mexico wild land under siege