Oil well regulator defends its oversight of cleanup

By The Associated Press

The New Mexico Oil Conservation Division is defending its handling of cleanup efforts by an out-of-state driller at an oil waste injection site on state trust land, in response to criticism from an another state agency.

 

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Oil Conservation Division is defending its handling of cleanup efforts by an out-of-state driller at an oil waste injection site on state trust land, in response to criticism from an another state agency.

The Oil Conservation Division that oversees oil and natural gas well permits said Monday that it has been working with Midland, Texas-based Siana Operating to address violations and hold the company accountable for spills of oily salt water at a well site in southeastern New Mexico.

The New Mexico State Land Office that oversees state trust lands says it will prevent Siana from using trust lands until the company agrees to its stringent cleanup requirements.

Oil Conservation Division Director David Catanach says that move is obstructing responsible cleanup efforts and could cost taxpayers more.

Did You Like this Article? Get All the Energy Industry News Delivered to Your Inbox

Subscribe to an email newsletter today at no cost and receive the latest news and information.

 Subscribe Now

Whitepapers

Storm Impact Analytics for Utilities

In recent years, increasingly volatile and extreme weather events have significantly impacted the...

Reach New Heights: Six Best Practices in Planning and Scheduling

These 6 best practices have created millions of dollars in value for many global companies. Learn...

Making DDoS Mitigation Part of Your Incident Response Plan: Critical Steps and Best Practices

Like a new virulent strain of flu, the impact of a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack is...

The Multi-Tax Challenge of Managing Excise Tax and Sales Tax

To be able to accurately calculate multiple tax types, companies must be prepared to continually ...

Latest Energy Jobs

View more Job Listings >>