Who Owns the Land and the Gas Pipeline in New Mexico?

Who owns it? That is the question a federal magistrate will decide as it looks at whether New Mexico Gas Co. can intervene in a lawsuit Jemez Pueblo has filed against the U.S. government over the title to 89,000 acres that include the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Of course the land has value, but the real story is the natural gas pipeline that runs 130 miles through four countries.

According to The Santa Fe New Mexican, “The U.S. government constructed the pipeline after World War II and sold it in 1999 to Public Service Company of New Mexico for $3.1 million, according to New Mexico Gas Co.’s filing. The gas company said it acquired the pipeline as part of its purchase of PNM’s natural gas transmission and distribution assets in January 2009.” Also, the case began in 2012 with the pueblo claiming title to property that it says its ancestors have roamed for some 800 years. (Hmmmmm)

Who really owns this land and this pipeline and for how long? When parties disagree, the courts have to come in and render a judgement so that we can get on with our lives.

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More on the Case:

New Mexico Gas Co. seeks to intervene in land dispute between Jemez Pueblo, feds