“This appointment is further evidence of the governor’s far-too-cozy relationship with oil and gas industry leadership,” said Erik Schlenker-Goodrich, executive director of the Western Environmental Law Center. “With a challenging November election looming where she very much needs to boost enthusiasm amongst conservation voters, I’d suggest her administration needs an immediate and rapid course correction to ensure that her number one priority is New Mexico, not the oil and gas industry. This decision to appoint ExxonMobil’s senior director of federal relations to the New Mexico Game and Fish Commission certainly does not constitute that course correction–it comes across as precisely the opposite.”

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