In recent years, speculators of the oil and natural gas industry began buying mineral leases in Mora County, New Mexico near the rural villages of Ocate’, Ojo Feliz, and Wagon Mound. Some of these leases were leased out by landowners who own their mineral rights, while others were purchased from mineral rights owners residing outside the county with little or no connection to the land. As large parcels of thousands of acres were being leased, locals began to worry how this would impact their place, their culture, and their health. Of primary concern is the quality and quantity of water – – the lifeblood of this special place and her people.
Over the next several years, citizens would become more educated on the issue and a groundswell began with the focus of protecting this place and the community’s welfare. Local anthropologist Dr. Eric Romero speaks of culture and place. Local geologist Dr. Andrew Feldman speaks to the region’s resources and some of the potential risks that could be associated with the industry’s exploration and development in this area. Local community groups as well as a host of individuals from both Mora County and San Miguel County voice their concerns (see below for a full list of voices in the film). Time is spent with locals here in their daily lives as well as with ranchers and residents of the San Juan Basin/Four Corners area where full field fossil fuel development dominates the landscape.
The documentary follows this grassroots rise and we encourage you to stay up-to-date on what’s happening in the Mora and San Miguel areas by visiting our Get Involved page.
Voices In the Film:
Dr. Eric A. Romero, Roger Alcon, Betty Ann Medina, Roxanne J. Eggert, Carlos J. Arellano, Rita D. Sanchez, Leroy Ledoux, Maclovia Fernandez, Mary Jane Sandoval, Gwen Lachelt, Sandra Torres-Alcon, Alfred (Buford) Sanchez, Marianna Lands, Nicolas M. Morrow, Ania C. Roske, Keane R. Roske, Carla Gomez, Don Hamilton, Rose Josefa, Gilbert Armenta, Tweeti Blancett, Dr. Andrew Feldman, Wes Wilson, F. Don Schreiber, Jane Schreiber, Chris Velasquez, Kathleen Dudley, Philip Don Cantu, Bill Sauble, Kent Salazar, Jocobo E. Pacheco, Bruce Frederick, Fiona Sinclair, Patricia A. Leahan, Arielle P. Hawney, Johnny Micou, Kate Daniel, Miguel Angel, Rock Ulibarri, Theresa Carmody, Walter M. Drew, Felipe S. Garcia, Ruben Lopez, Patty Wittbecker, John Olivas, Ben Price, Marino Rivera, Gilbert R. Quintana, Paula Garcia, David Bacon, Miguel T. Pacheco, Lee Einer, Alfonso E. Ortiz, Jr. & Sofia Martinez.