New Mexico

Piñon Midstream’s Dark Horse Galloping in Permian Delaware to Treat Sour Gas

Piñon Midstream’s Dark Horse Galloping in Permian Delaware to Treat Sour Gas

Houston-based Piñon Midstream LLC has placed into service some Permian Basin infrastructure in New Mexico that includes the Dark Horse sour natural gas treating and carbon capture facility, which is already near initial capacity of 85 MMcf/d. The project within the Delaware sub-basin in Lea County was built to capture and permanently sequester carbon dioxide…

October 13, 2021
Activity Rises in Permian, Eagle Ford as U.S. Rig Count Climbs on Oil Drilling

Activity Rises in Permian, Eagle Ford as U.S. Rig Count Climbs on Oil Drilling

Increased activity in the Permian Basin and Eagle Ford Shale helped push the U.S. rig count nine units higher to 512 during the week ended Friday (Sept. 17), according to the latest data from Baker Hughes Co. (BKR). A 10-rig increase in oil-directed drilling offset a one-rig decline in natural gas-directed rigs in the United…

September 17, 2021
Wyoming Groups Aiming to Speed Up Resumption of Federal Oil, Natural Gas Leasing

Wyoming Groups Aiming to Speed Up Resumption of Federal Oil, Natural Gas Leasing

Wyoming’s two main oil and gas trade groups are seeking to expedite the resumption of oil and gas leases on federal property by the Department of the Interior (DOI). In a merits brief filed Aug. 30 in Wyoming District Court, the Western Energy Alliance and the Petroleum Association of Wyoming (PAW) allege that DOI is…

September 8, 2021
Strong Week for Eagle Ford, Williston Sends U.S. Rig Count Sharply Higher

Strong Week for Eagle Ford, Williston Sends U.S. Rig Count Sharply Higher

The Eagle Ford Shale and Williston Basin led a surge in U.S. onshore drilling activity during the week ended Friday as the domestic rig count rose nine units to an even 500, according to the latest figures from Baker Hughes Co. (BKR). Ten oil-directed rigs were added in the United States for the week, offsetting…

August 13, 2021
New Mexico Topples Natural Gas, Oil Production Records in March

New Mexico Topples Natural Gas, Oil Production Records in March

New Mexico, which shares a prolific slice of the Permian Basin with Texas, in March produced the most natural gas and oil production on record, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported. Oil output averaged 1.16 million b/d in March, while gas production climbed to 6.19 Bcf/d, EIA researchers led by Emily Geary noted.  The increases…

June 16, 2021
Federal Judge Temporarily Halts New Oil Leases as Sage Grouse Battle Festers in Wyoming, Montana

Federal Judge Temporarily Halts New Oil Leases as Sage Grouse Battle Festers in Wyoming, Montana

Federal authorities must apply more scrutiny to potential impacts on greater sage grouse across hundreds of oil and natural gas leases in Wyoming and Montana before authorizing new drilling, a federal judge in Idaho has ruled. Magistrate Judge Ronald Bush ruled that the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM), under former President Trump, failed…

June 14, 2021
New Mexico Natural Gas Waste Rules in Effect, with First Phase Set to Begin in October

New Mexico Natural Gas Waste Rules in Effect, with First Phase Set to Begin in October

New Mexico’s oil and natural gas operators would be required to capture 98% of their gas waste by the end of 2026 under rules that took effect Tuesday. The Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department’s Oil Conservation Division (OCD) officially enacted the rule following two years of stakeholder outreach and technical research. The final rules…

May 26, 2021
New Mexico Calls for Innovation by E&Ps, Midstreamers to Curb Natural Gas Flaring, Venting

New Mexico Calls for Innovation by E&Ps, Midstreamers to Curb Natural Gas Flaring, Venting

New Mexico upstream and midstream operators have until 2026 to reduce routine natural gas flaring and venting by 98% under rules enacted Thursday. The Oil Conservation Commission (OCC) completed the two-year rulemaking process to update gas capture regulations. The undertaking followed months of testimony and virtual public hearings, with the oil and gas industry pledging…

March 26, 2021
New Mexico Oil, Natural Gas Methane Controls Lack Oversight for Low-Producing Wells, Says EDF

New Mexico Oil, Natural Gas Methane Controls Lack Oversight for Low-Producing Wells, Says EDF

Draft regulations in New Mexico to limit methane emissions from the oil and gas sector must be strengthened by removing loopholes for low-producing wells, according to an analysis by the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). The proposed rules were unveiled in July by the New Mexico Environmental Department (NMED) and Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department…

November 23, 2020
New Mexico’s Reliance on Fossil Fuels Said Facing Reckoning from Volatile Oil Prices

New Mexico’s Reliance on Fossil Fuels Said Facing Reckoning from Volatile Oil Prices

New Mexico’s fiscal health is undergoing an “unprecedented sea change” with global markets signaling the “beginning of the end” for the state’s financial reliance on fossil fuels, the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) reported Tuesday. IEFFA’s Tom Sanzillo, director of finance, co-authored the report with energy policy analyst Suzanne Mattei.  “Leases, royalty…

October 20, 2020
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