The ruling marks another in a string of judicial setbacks for President Donald Trump’s attempts to boost North American energy production.
It’s now up to the state to hammer out the details of how to implement the big oil and gas overhaul.
New Mexico’s all-Democratic House delegation is seeking to halt new oil and natural gas lease sales on federal holdings within a 10-mile buffer zone around Chaco Culture National Historic Park.
State officials said this approach lets companies determine how much a site will likely pollute, so regulators can take that into account when they issue air pollution permits later.
Tri-State had been under scrutiny for its reliance on coal-fired power. Now the utility is making moves to up renewables.
Southeastern New Mexico’s ties to nuclear run deep and will continue for at least the next 30 years under the plans being charted now.
Tribes want specific language in a BLM plan that would prevent drilling near the park, instead of protesting four times a year when the energy industry requests lease sales on certain parcels.
The moratorium on new oil and gas development in the county is just a "timeout" while Senate Bill 181 is ironed out at the state Capitol.
The new plans are expected to remove the most protective habitat designations for about 13,000 square miles of public land.