The Latest: New Mexico suspends increase in gas-well density
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – The Latest on efforts to relax restrictions on natural gas well locations in northwestern New Mexico (all times local):
New Mexico oilfield regulators have suspended an order that relaxed restrictions on natural gas well locations in a major production basin over the objections of a Texas-based company.
The New Mexico Oil Conservation Commission on Tuesday suspended a prior order pending the rehearing of an application by Texas-based Hilcorp Energy to double well densities in the northwest corner of the state. Oversight of wells shifted Jan. 1 to the Democratic administration of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and elected Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard.
Newly appointed Oil Conservation Commission Chairman Gabriel Wade says a rehearing is needed to ensure a full review by state regulators and adequate opportunities for public comment.
Hilcorp is defending its application and challenging Wade’s qualifications to preside over a commission that makes precedent-setting decisions about rules for oil, gas and geothermal development.