EMNRD’s Oil Conservation Division releases draft methane rule

Santa Fe, NM – Today, the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department (EMNRD) announces the release of the Oil Conservation Division’s (OCD) draft rule as part of New Mexico’s first comprehensive methane regulations. OCD’s draft was informed through a collaborative process that included extensive public outreach conducted over the last year, a technical paper produced by the Methane Advisory Panel (MAP), and close cooperation with counterparts at the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED), which also released draft rules today. OCD’s draft rule proposes 98 percent natural gas capture from the oil and gas industry by 2026. The framework allows for innovation and flexibility in reducing methane waste, a key point that was heard throughout the robust stakeholder process, while addressing the crucial issue of climate change.