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An oil and gas drilling rig operating in the San Juan Basin near Farmington, New Mexico. (Image courtesy of Encana Corp)
An oil and gas drilling rig operating in the San Juan Basin near Farmington, New Mexico. (Image courtesy of Encana Corp)

Oklahoma company withdraws New Mexico drilling request

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — An Oklahoma-based oil company has pulled its application to drill an exploratory well just west of one of New Mexico’s fastest growing cities.

SandRidge Exploration and Production LLC sent a letter to the Sandoval County Planning and Zoning Department on Tuesday saying it was withdrawing its request.

The company did not offer an explanation but thanked the county for the time it spent considering the request.

The county commission did not vote on the issue last week and instead sent it back to the planning department after residents and environmental groups voiced concerns about water pollution.

Some critics also raised questions about the company’s finances.

At last week’s meeting, the company suggested it could revise its application to clarify some of the county’s concerns.

In related news, New Mexico moves to cut spending to offset oil bust.

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