Oil & Gas Education and Career Video

The New Mexico MESA (Math Engineering Science Achievement) Oil & Gas Education and Career Fair lets high school students from each region experience the Oil and Gas Industry firsthand. Watch the video below that shows some of the learning activities the event offers.

T. Greg Merrion to Receive Leadership New Mexico Award

Screen Shot 2015-03-03 at 9.24.31 AMT. Greg Merrion, President of Merrion Oil & Gas Corporation will receive the Leadership New Mexico Distinguished Alumnus Award at the 2015 Leadership New Mexico Annual Dinner on May 1, 2015 in Albuquerque.

The award recognizes graduates of the Leadership New Mexico Program who have used their leadership skills to improve the quality of life for New Mexico.

T. Greg Merrion

T. Greg Merrion

T. Greg Merrion, is the second generation president of Merrion Oil & Gas Corporation in Farmington. As a petroleum engineer for over 30 years, he has guided his family-owned business through the volatility of the San Juan Basin. Merrion served as a Planning and Zoning Commissioner in Farmington, headed United Way fundraising drives, and has chaired the boards of the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association and the Independent Petroleum Association of New Mexico. He is a board member of San Juan Regional Medical Center and the San Juan College Foundation. Through the Merrion Family Foundation, he gives back to his community by supporting education, economic development, social services and serving in leadership roles.

The 2015 Leadership New Mexico Annual Dinner will be held Friday, May 1 at the Sandia Resort and Casino in Albuquerque. Registration forms for sponsorship opportunities and dinner tickets are available online at the Leadership New Mexico Website or by calling 505-398-1500.

About Leadership New Mexico:  Since its founding in 1995, Leadership New Mexico has provided a non-partisan perspective on statewide topics of concern and opportunities for improvement. The organization identifies current and emerging leaders throughout New Mexico, enhances their leadership skills and deepens their knowledge of the challenges and opportunities facing our state. The Core Program, Local Government Leadership Program and Connect New Mexico Program contribute to developing a larger understanding of these issues and ultimately prepare the leaders of today and tomorrow to meet these challenges with innovation and enthusiasm. Since Leadership New Mexico’s inception, over 1,200 participants from 79 communities across the state have explored the issues facing our state through participation in Leadership New Mexico programs.


ENM018 Matthew Gonzales Director of the Good Neighbor Program


NMOGA_GoodNeighbor_LOGO_colorThe Good Neighbor Program represents the collective effort of New Mexico’s oil and gas industry to promote responsible practices in developing our state’s vast oil and natural gas resources. Matthew Gonzales visits with Energy New Mexico about the Good Neighbor Program’s activities in producing and non-producing areas of the state.

ENM017 Charles Call of Ocho Water disusses How to Process and Use Produced Water


Yellow Transport With Oilfield TanksProduced water is the oil and gas industry term to describe the water that is produced as a byproduct of oil and natural gas production. In this edition of Energy New Mexico, Gerges Scott visits with Charles Call about his company efforts to make productive use of produced water.

ENM016 Issues surrounding lower oil prices


Seasonal Table Setting With Small PumpkinsEnergy New Mexico hosts Wally Drangmeister and Gerges Scott discuss issues related to lower oil prices on the Sunday after Thanksgiving.

2015 San Juan Basin Energy Conference

Screen Shot 2015-01-26 at 8.24.26 AMThe 2015 San Juan Basin Energy Conference will be held March 24-25, 2015 at San Juan College in Farmington.

Leaders from throughout the oil and gas/energy industry will share the challenges, opportunities and vision for the industry. Rick Muncrief, recently named President/CEO of WPX and a former Farmington resident, will be among the speakers. Admission to the conference is $400 if purchased by February 22, and $450 if purchased after that date. The 2013 conference sold out early, so get your registration in as soon as possible. For more information, go to the San Juan Basin Energy Conference web site – www.sanjuanbasinenergy.org.

ENM015 Miguel Suazo of Young Professionals in Energy


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Energy New Mexico visits with Miguel Suazo, Executive Director of YPE New Mexico about a range of issues that were discussed at their recent Energy Issues Roundtable.


ENM014 Carlsbad Economic Development and Growth with John Waters


Carlsbad Department of DevelopmentCarlsbad, New Mexico has experienced tremendous economic growth related to oil and gas development, potash mining and growth in many other industries.  Energy New Mexico visits with John Waters, Executive Director of the Carlsbad Department of Development about the successes and challenges that come with this growth.

Albuquerque Journal Weighs In on San Miguel County Ordinance

Screen Shot 2014-11-17 at 3.18.52 PMEditorial: Can NM’s nimby counties do without oil, gas, cash?

By Albuquerque Journal Editorial Board
PUBLISHED: Sunday, November 16, 2014 at 12:02 am

NIMBY: Not In My BackYard. Opposition to the locating of something considered undesirable (as a prison or incinerator) in one’s neighborhood.


San Miguel County has placed restrictions so severe on oil and gas exploration and drilling that it might as well be a ban. Mora County has banned oil and gas extraction.

Why not expand the restrictions to the end user as well? Perhaps at their next county commission meetings, commissioners should also ban gasoline pumps. And furnaces. And public school funding. Because those are the kinds of products the oil and gas industry supplies and public services it funds. Almost one-third of the state’s general funds come from taxes and royalties paid by these companies.

It’s a textbook case on nimby-ism, expecting the rest of the state to accommodate the industry and send the fuel and cash north. But what happens if, as the industry fears, it sparks a wave of anti-development sentiment in other counties?

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ENM013 New Mexico Math Engineering Science Achievement and the 2014 Oil and Gas Career Education Fair


Screen Shot 2014-10-20 at 8.20.07 AMNew Mexico MESA (Math Engineering Science Achievement) is an organization whose mission is to: “Empower and motivate New Mexico’s culturally diverse students with science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) enrichment.” On October 28th and 29th, NM MESA students will be attending the 2014 Oil and Gas Career Education Fair.
The New Mexico Oil and Gas Education Fair provides students the opportunity interact with outstanding professionals in the oil and gas Industry. Students will be given the opportunity to discover job possibilities in the many different areas that are related to the oil and gas industry and attend quality workshops, as well as visit oil and gas exploration sites. The Oil and Gas Education Fair is a statewide high school leadership activity and will involve aspects of a professional conference, i.e. workshops, presentations, field trips, hands-on demonstrations, etc. In this episode of the Energy New Mexico Podcast, Amanda Trujillo and Anita Gonzales discuss NM MESA’s goals and impact and specifics of the upcoming event focused on oil and gas.