Monday, April 28, 2008
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Being one of few non-major metropolitan areas included on the list further sets San Juan County apart from other cities listed by Kevin Gurney, Ph.D.
San Juan County follows counties that include Houston, Los Angeles, Chicago, Cleveland and Detroit.
"This is really due to the electrical demand," Gurney said. "There is a wide-spread phenomena (in the U.S.) to produce power and send it to other areas."'
"ESPANOLA — The Rio Arriba County Commissioners unanimously passed an amended moratorium on new oil and gas drilling within their county, approving a four-month ban while it continues to study environmental concerns."
Friday, April 25, 2008
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He's shared the 4,140 acres his family homesteaded near Gobernador in 1910 for years, but he's kept his mouth shut about the industry that generates a lot of money for New Mexico.
But Smith had quite a few things to say when he discovered a quarter mile-long, six- to 12-inch wide swath of drilling fluid leading to a Paul and Sons-owned oil field water truck at about 11:30 a.m.
"ConocoPhillips just drilled a well that has a reserve pit," Smith said. "When I came out here on my motorcycle I found a truck that looked like it dumped this on the road."...
Monday, April 21, 2008
Saturday, April 19, 2008
"Vultures and coyotes," by Frank Splendoria:
The “Gem of New Mexico”, as Sen. Phil Griego calls it, is facing two significant and simultaneous challenges: enforcement of a long ignored provision of state tax law; and potential development of oil and gas resources."
That's just one of the provisions of the state's oil and gas statutes that residents find confusing.
Mark Fesmire, director of the Oil Conservation Division of the state's Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department, which regulates oil, gas and geothermal activity in New Mexico, shed light on the leasing lingo and various possible drilling scenarios.
When a company approaches an owner to lease the minerals, it agrees to pay an annual fee for a specified number of years, he said. In Mora County, KHL Inc. is reportedly offering residents with mineral rights a 10-year lease at $1 an acre per year.
Fesmire said a company also pays an annual rental fee to the mineral rights owner if it isn't going to drill for a couple of years.
In addition, the company pays a royalty on any oil and gas extracted, usually one-eighth of the revenues from what is produced, Fesmire said. Mineral rights owners can negotiate for higher royalties.
But here's the kicker for people who don't want to lease their mineral rights, such as Rose Josefa in Ojo Feliz. She might have no choice but to allow mineral extraction from under her land — although she could make some money from it."
A total of 116 people from surrounding communities turned out to chow down on barbecued beef brisket, chicken and potato salad, and to hear Lee's proposition.
"Several people were opposed to leasing," said Ojo Feliz resident Rose Josefa, who attended the event. "Many were interested in how the royalty and rental system works. The rest were quiet but not very welcoming. I didn't get the sense that people were jumping up and down over his offer."'