BLM Considering Oil Pipeline Proposal

Dec 5, 2014

Exploratory drilling for oil has been occurring over the past few months near Lybrook, New Mexico, along US Highway 550.
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The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is considering a proposal to build a pipeline that would move oil to markets from northwestern New Mexico. The agency hosted a public meeting on the plan Thursday night in the town of Lybrook, south of Farmington.

The proposed pipeline would cross federal, state, private and Navajo tribal lands. The pipeline will end up at rail lines near Grants and transport up to 50,000 barrels of crude oil a day.

Credit Laura Paskus

A BLM official says they’re at the beginning stages. And once plans are developed, it’s likely there’ll be more public meetings. The agency is accepting public comments through the end of this year.