Fashion designer Tom Ford has bought mineral rights beneath his Galisteo ranch southeast of Santa Fe in an attempt to protect his land from possible oil exploration in the region.

Ford paid the state Land Office about $84,000 earlier this year to purchase the mineral rights to more than 1,400 acres, according to Land Office records.

The purchase came in response to Tecton Energy's controversial proposal to drill eight exploratory wells on 65,000 acres in the Galisteo Basin.