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HB 199: OIL & GAS OPERATION JURISDICTION

An Act Relating To Oil And Gas; Amending And Enacting Sections Of The Nmsa 1978 To Provide For Jurisdiction Over Oil And Gas Operations.

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HIGH HB 199
OIL & GAS OPERATION JURISDICTION

Legislative URL:
HB 199 on nmlegis.gov
Emergency Clause:
No
Germane:
N/A
Location:
HEENC
Action:
[3] HRPAC/HJC-HRPAC [4] w/drn - ref HEENC/HJC-HEENC API.
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Summary
  • 70-2-6 NMSA 1978 gives the Oil Conservation Division of the energy, minerals and Natural Resources Department jurisdiction and authority over all matters relating to the conservation of oil and gas and to the effective enforcement of the Oil and Gas Act.

 

This bill expands the jurisdiction and authority of the division by requiring that no political subdivision or instrumentality of the state shall have jurisdiction, authority or control relating to oil and gas operations, except municipalities and those specifically provided pursuant to law.

 

The bill further specifically requires that a county may not adopt ordinances that restrict oil and gas activities.

 

A possible concern is that this bill would make it impossible for a county government to take any action to regulate or restrict fracking or any other oil and gas activity within its borders.