This week's guest on “Report from Santa Fe” is New Mexico's State Land Commissioner Ray Powell in a special interview highlighting Land Office projects for the east side of the state. Among the exciting enterprises are the 1400 acre business park in Hobbs where the Jewell company has a pilot project on state trust lands where they are using patented algae, salt water (a waste product from the oil and gas industry which usually they have to pay to dispose of properly) and New Mexico sunshine, and by tinkering with the genome of the algae, they can produce jet fuel, diesel fuel, regular gasoline, and kerosene,
At Cannon Air Force Base, the Land Office, by working with that community and working with the governor, found a way to make some of our trust lands available to increase the size of the base. Now they can welcome more missions resulting in thousands of new jobs and a lot more income, so they are a sunrise base instead of a sunset base.
Commissioner Powell discusses the removal of the River of Tires that was dumped on state trust land near Wagon Mound. He explains how White's Peak got restored to the land trust. The Commissioner also describes working with the oil and gas industry, working with the agricultural industry, and with the environmental community to figure out how to set guidelines to protect the Prairie Chicken while using our natural resources in a responsible and reasonable way.