NMOGA Supports Eliminating the Ban on Crude Oil Exports

Oil Pump Over United States MapThe New Mexico Oil & Gas Association supports the elimination of the current ban on crude oil exports. Lifting the ban will allow producers of oil in New Mexico the same access to global markets that other producers across the world now enjoy.

Eliminating the ban will strengthen the energy security of the United States and allow for increased employment and tax revenues in New Mexico. New Mexico’s oil and natural gas industry accounts for over a third of the state’s general fund revenues and benefits public schools, higher education, critical infrastructure development, and public health and safety programs.

Eliminating the ban will also benefit energy consumers by placing downward pressure on gasoline prices. Click here to learn more about the benefits of eliminating the current ban on crude oil exports.

New gas rules from Bureau of Land Management not needed

The Albuquerque Journal’s article “AG Urges Action on Natural Gas Rules” presented just one side of this topic which is of extreme importance to our state.

For both environmental and financial reasons New Mexico’s oil and gas producers are greatly concerned with not wasting natural gas and have implemented voluntary measures to avoid leaks, other losses and flaring.

For instance, in 2013 one of our member companies with thousands of wells in the state voluntarily reduced natural gas losses by 54 percent. On the national level the EPA’s 2014 greenhouse gas inventory noted that our industry’s gas emissions have decreased by 12 percent since 2011 and emissions from hydraulic fracturing have decreased 73 percent – all during a time when gas production has been rapidly expanding and the U.S. has become the world’s largest producer.

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Are you tired of hearing misiScreen Shot 2015-09-21 at 9.03.04 AMnformation about American oil and gas production? Do you have friends and family members who want to know more about fracking and our country’s energy revolution?  Do you wish extremists would stop attacking our industry while relying on the products we produce every day?

Then Energy Nation is for you. Energy Nation provides the information and tools necessary to unleash the voices of energy industry employees against challenges at the local, state, and national levels.

We have to be our own best advocates. We know the truth about American energy production. We have a great story to tell. The workers of the oil and gas industry are creating jobs, supporting our communities, and strengthening our energy security.

If the misleading attacks on oil and gas production go unanswered, it will affect the ability of our industry to operate and create jobs. If lawmakers don’t know the truth about the energy industry, they will enact bad policies. We have to be the loudest voice in the energy debate, or we’ll pay the consequences.

That’s why all NMOGA members should check out Energy Nation. This is an industry-powered advocacy organization that’s free to join. It lets you make your voice heard on important energy issues. Whether at the federal, state, or local level, Energy Nation gives you a way to have your say.

Please visit the Energy Nation and NMOGA online portal page to learn more and sign up. It’s time to stand up for our industry—and our jobs.



Farmington Daily Times: Henke op-ed on Four Corners Methane Hot Spot

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A closeup of a stack of newspapers and rolled newspapers ready to be delivered

Column: Securing Bloomfield’s Future

By Steve Henke


New Mexico Oil & Gas Association

UPDATED:   09/12/2015 11:43:01 AM MDT

Gregory Bassham in his 2004 book “Critical Thinking” describes a loaded question as a question that contains a controversial or unjustified assumption (e.g., a presumption of guilt.) This is precisely the sort of question that is being asked regarding the so-called “Four Corners Methane Hot Spot.” The term “hot spot” conjures up images of nuclear reactors or forest fires. While it may be good marketing to secure grant funding or obtain public attention, it is hardly a good description and certainly is not a scientific term.

The public comments by researchers have consistently indicated that the preconceived notion is that the oil and gas industry is overwhelmingly to blame. The abstract of the research letter, “Four corners: The largest U.S. methane anomaly viewed from space,” states: “The persistence of this CH4 (methane) signal from 2003 onward indicates that the source is likely from established gas, coal, and coalbed methane mining and processing.”

This abstract conveys a very loaded question, not a scientific one.

Proper questions and real science will require a far wider and more open-minded view of the issue. Those of us who are familiar with the area know there are underground coal mines, surface coal mines, oil and natural gas production, natural gas and natural gas liquid processing, extensive naturally occurring coal bearing outcroppings, two regional landfills, extensive feedlot operations, and other agricultural operations. In short, a wide range of potential and in all likelihood real sources of methane releases into the atmosphere.

With such a large number of sources for potential methane release, it is all the more important that a comprehensive and unbiased approach be used to find and quantify methane sources. For this reason, the oil and gas industry has consistently called for a high degree of transparency and cooperation in the process used to identify potential sources of methane emissions. If all researchers look for is oil and gas sources of methane, it is clear that that is all they are likely to find.

NOAA/NASA researchers conducted a multi-level survey of the Four Corners area in April of this year. The goal is to verify sources of methane emissions in the area, or so they say. Prior to the survey, the oil and gas industry reached out to the researchers offering to provide safe access to any sites found to be a possible concern and to provide any information on the activities and operations occurring during their survey.

In the April 2015 pre-survey public outreach, the researchers agreed to a high level of transparency and communication with the oil and gas industry, and others in their ongoing research. Unfortunately, such transparency and communication has not been forthcoming.

During the survey the researchers made no effort to contact industry when taking field measurements at sites of concern. When industry has asked for information to aid in their evaluation of the findings prior to publication, researchers have been non-responsive. One has to ask whether their lack of cooperation indicates a bias and that the source of their funding was based on a LOADED QUESTION.
See the original article published in the Daily Times: http://bit.ly/1ihVJoO