Protecting the Environment

Responsible oil and natural gas development is paramount for producers in New Mexico. Protecting the environment is a top priority, and as a result, methane and carbon dioxide emissions are at all time lows, and there are better regulations than ever in place to conserve water and protect groundwater resources.

The New Mexico Oil Conservation Division (OCD) is the primary regulator of oil and gas development and production in New Mexico. The OCD gathers oil and gas well production data, permits new wells, enforces New Mexico's oil and gas laws and rules, and ensures the lands of New Mexico are protected and responsibly restored. Oil and natural gas operators that do not follow strict oil and gas regulations can lose their ability to operate in New Mexico.