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  The New Mexico Oil Conservation Commission held a hearing April 17, 2018 in case No. 15957 re: Application of the NM OCD to amend rules of the Commission concerning the drilling, spacing, and operation of horizontal wells and related matters. The purpose of the proposed changes is to bring New Mexico’s Administrative Code more…

New Mexico is currently facing a budget crisis due to the downturn in oil prices. Fortunately for the State Land Office, Section 19.2.10.7(G) of the New Mexico Administrative Code authorizes the State Land Commissioner to periodically review the easement price schedule, and review it he has. As of January 20, 2017, Commissioner Aubrey Dunn has…

I’m fresh off the plane from the AAPL Santa Fe Land Institute and must commend the event planners for a well-organized and informative seminar. Patrick L. Padilla, Assistant Commissioner, Mineral Resources, New Mexico State Land Office gave a great update on the SLO. Below are some of the key points: Shut-in Wells: Proposed 19.2.100 New…

Earthworks Oil & Gas Accountability Project, et al, v. New Mexico Conservation Commission, et al, 2016-NMCA-055 (Cert. Den. 4/15/16). The Appellate Court affirmed the 2013 changes to the “Pit Rule” in concluding that a pending appeal of the 2008 Rule and the 2009 Amendment to the Pit Rule did not remove the New Mexico Oil…