Lift the Ban on U.S. Crude Oil Exports

Black Oil Barrels On Wooden PalletSign the petition to lift the ban on U.S. oil exports at  The Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University said in a January 2015 report that lifting the ban, which was put in place during the Arab oil embargoes of the mid-1970s, would help producers and consumers, as well as improve U.S. security overall.  Lifting the ban will help create a more stable environment for New Mexico oil producers.  Sign online petition today.

NMOGA Comments Focus on Lasting Harm of Proposed EPA Ozone Rules

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Click Here to View the New Mexico Impact Summary

On March 17, 2015, the New Mexico Oil & Gas Association filed comments with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that highlight the lasting economic harm that would result from proposed changes to ozone rules.   The comments also outlined severe deficiencies in the analysis used by the EPA in proposing the new standard.  A report by the American Petroleum Institute shows the potential economic downside by state.  Click here to see the NMOGA comments (PDF file).

ENM019 Fiscal Impacts of Oil and Gas Production with Richard Anklam


Screen Shot 2015-03-17 at 10.44.15 AMThe production of oil and natural gas has a big impact on the economy in New Mexico.  The industry accounted for 35% of New Mexico’s General Fund Revenues for fiscal year 2014.  Energy New Mexico visits with Richard Anklam of the New Mexico Tax Research Institute about highlights of the soon to be released study.  Summary information about this topic and links to the detailed study are available at

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 –

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.