Senate adopts bill making BLM drilling permit pilot program permanent

Seal of the United States Senate ColorWASHINGTON, DC, Sept. 17 – 09/17/2014 – By Nick Snow – OGJ Washington Editor.

The US Senate approved Tom Udall (D-NM) and John Barrasso’s (R-Wyo.) bill permanently extending a US Bureau of Land Management drilling permit processing improvement pilot program that was established under the 2005 Energy Policy Act. It was scheduled to expire in 2015.

S. 2440, which passed the Senate by unanimous consent, would extend the program that was designed to help the US Department of the Interior agency deal with a drilling permit application backlog while balancing other duties, the senators said following the measure’s adoption on Sept. 16. Click Here to Read Entire Story

ENM009 Blake Littauer of Clean Energy Fuels talks Natural Gas Vehicles


Clean Energy Fuels Natural Gas Fueling Station Natural gas vehicles or NGVs can offer positive economic and environmental advantages by providing cost effective domestic fuel for transportation.   Learn more as Energy New Mexico hosts Wally Drangmeister and Gerges Scott visit with Blake Littauer of Clean Energy Fuels.

ENM008 Paul Gessing of the Rio Grande Foundation


Rio Grande Foundation LogoPaul Gessing of the Rio Grande Foundation visits with Energy New Mexico about the state’s economy including the role of energy and policies that would improve the business climate.

ENM007 Vets4Energy


Veteran SalutesEnergy New Mexico visits with the New Mexico director of Vets4Energy. Vets4Energy is a group of volunteer veterans who continue to serve America as advocates for energy policies to sustain our national security.

Representing all branches and ranks of the military, they partner with Veteran Service Organizations (VSO’s) across the country to deliver the message that Energy Security = National Security. These Veterans, who have dedicated their lives to protect our nation, remain a strong voice to policymakers to convey the importance of energy to our national security. – See more at:

IPEC 2014 – Environmental Issues and Solutions in Exploration, Production, Refining & Distribution of Petroleum

Screen Shot 2014-08-05 at 3.44.28 PMEnvironmental Issues and Solutions in Exploration,Production, Refining & Distribution of Petroleum, October 14-16, 2014 • Houston, Texas, Marriott Westchase Hotel

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE: Produced Water Treatment & Management Strategies, Environmental Issues in US Shale Plays, Fracking & Environmental Issues, Horizontal Drilling & Remediation Wells

Click Here to Download Event Brochure

ENM006 Pat O’Connell on PNM Integrated Resource Plan


Electricity Or Power Generation MethodsPNM Director of Resources and Planning, Pat O’Connell, discusses the recently filed Integrated Resource Plan. This document will serve as the blueprint for upcoming decisions for additions to PNM’s generation portfolio.

ENM005 Dan Mayfield of Albuquerque Business First on Wind and Solar Projects in New Mexico


windturbineThere is lots of activity in the areas of wind and solar electricity generation in New Mexico due to renewable fuels standards in New Mexico and in surrounding states.  Dan Mayfield of New Mexico Business First discusses renewables in New Mexico and some of the issues these sources of electricity generation face. Wally and Gerges also discuss pre and post drilling water testing and an upcoming safety event.

ENM004 Blake Scott on Recycling of Drilling Cuttings for Roads


pecos1Blake Scott of Scott Environmental Services, Inc. talks about his company’s method of recycling drilling cuttings to make roads and drilling pads.  The method Scott Environmental uses saves on construction costs, offsite disposal and potential future liabilities.  For more information visit

New Mexico Oil & Gas Association – Voluntary Baseline Sampling Guideline

Water drop.It should be understood that with over a million fracture treatments performed by the oil and gas industry, there has never been a documented case of groundwater impacts from such operations. One also should understand that drinking water rights are not regularly conveyed in oil and gas leases and operators can only offer such sampling as authorized by the owner of such rights. Thus where conducted, the New Mexico Oil & Gas Association (NMOGA) offers herein a voluntary program for baseline groundwater sampling for consideration by its members. The sampling program would satisfy three objectives:

  • Inform landowners that have concern about potential impact to water well quality
  • Generate baseline data representative of groundwater well conditions in the area prior to the start of drilling activities and following completion; and,
  • Provide a framework for a program that generates consistent and accurate data to ensure no impact from hydraulic fracturing operations

Participation in the baseline sampling program will be strictly voluntary. Sampling protocols as suggested in industry standards may serve as guidance for developing individual sampling protocols. NMOGA strongly recommends that all such water sampling be conducted by an independent, qualified environmental consulting firm to promote credibility and transparency.

Where to Sample

As appropriate, operators will identify water wells registered with the New Mexico Office of the State Engineer within ¼ mile of the surface location of the intended oil/gas well ( Registered wells may include domestic water supply wells as well as agricultural and stock wells. Operators will contact registered well owners and solicit their written authorization to access and sample their active water wells for the purpose of obtaining a baseline water sample. Up to two wells, if present, within the radius of review should be selected for the initial sampling to be conducted prior to spud of the proposed well to be completed by hydraulically fracture.

When to Sample

It is important to collect the initial samples prior to the spud but, not more than 6 months before the spud date to allow the results of analytical testing to be evaluated and shared with the land owner. A post-completion water sample should be collected from the same water well locations not less than six months or more than one year following well completion and stimulation.

Analyses to Perform

The selected environmental analytical laboratory should comply with all EPA testing protocols including SW-846. Using a laboratory that meets the certification requirements of The NELAC Institute (TNI) provides an added level of defensibility to the data. Pre-drill and post-completion samples should be collected in laboratory provided glassware, sealed and transported under Chain of Custody protocols to the selected laboratory for analysis of:

Alkalinity (Bicarbonate & Carbonate of CaCO3); Phosphorus; (Cations) Boron, Iron, Calcium, Magnesium, Manganese and Sodium; (Anions) Bromide, Chloride, Sulfate, Nitrate, and Nitrite as N; Dissolved methane gas; (VOC) benzene, toluene, ethyl benzene & total xylenes (BTEX); and total dissolved solids. If dissolved methane exceeds 5 mg/l, consideration should be given to the use of stable isotope analysis (SIA) and compositional analysis. Physical parameters should be noted during collection including temperature, pH and specific conductance.

It is recommended that laboratory analysis reports (including the NM “How Well Do You Know Your Water Well” booklet that will be released in late 2014) be provided to the property owner without interpretation or comment.

Methodology of Sampling

A thorough evaluation of the selected water supply system should be conducted prior to sampling with photographs, a site sketch, weather and other information noted including deviations from established sampling protocols. General well condition, elevation, description of the water system, topography, vegetation and proximity to possible contaminant sources or utilities should be noted. Sampling location should be recorded using GPS equipment capable of 3-meter accuracy.

Water samples should be collected as closely as possible to the well head without any disturbance of the actual well system, and should be collected in a location upstream of any installed water treatment system (water softener, reverse osmosis, activated carbon filtration, etc.). Flow rate should be noted, and any observed turbidity, odor, sediment, bubbles, or discoloration of the water should be noted in sample documents.

Data Management and Analysis

The importance of managing the information generated by a baseline sampling program should not be underestimated. A data management plan is highly recommended. Quality Assurance and Quality Control of both the sample collection process and laboratory analytical data should be established and rigidly adhered to.

Table 1

Suggested Baseline Sampling Collected Data Elements


Data Point Description
Drilling Location Well name, coordinates, spud date, plat map file.
Property Owner Name, address, phone number.
Parcel Information Parcel ID (Tax ID), owner name/ID, physical address (when available).
Sampling Location Location name/ID, Location type (ag well, potable well, seep, etc.), coordinates.
Record of Communication History of communications with landowner regarding property access, sampling, and any complaints.
Permission to Sample Documentation of written permission to access the property and collect the sample.
Samples Documentation of sample collection including: field notes; chains of custody; photographs, and analytical lab reports.
Landowner Notification Documentation of written notification sent to the landowner containing the results of the samples collected. Some require certified mail receipts.

Click here to download a PDF version of the NMOGA Voluntary Baseline Sampling Guideline

ENM003 Richard Anklam of the New Mexico Tax Research Institute


Screen Shot 2014-06-02 at 1.12.15 PMRichard Anklam of the New Mexico Tax Research Institute discusses the fiscal impact of oil and natural gas production in New Mexico. See Fiscal Impacts of Oil and Natural Gas Production in New Mexico or visit