New oil boom coming to San Juan Basin

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Posted: Thursday, March 13, 2014 8:00 pm

Northwestern New Mexico is prepping for a new oil and gas boom in a region that’s pumped out natural gas for decades and where those resources were once thought fully developed.

The boom could be similar to what’s happening in southeastern New Mexico’s Permian Basin, and the Bakken Shale in North Dakota and Montana, according to oil and gas experts.

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  • Joseph Hempfling posted at 2:12 pm on Tue, Sep 16, 2014.

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  • Beverly Harris posted at 12:48 pm on Tue, Sep 16, 2014.

    ZiaGals Posts: 53

    Oh, well gee. I was all concerned about fracking issues, what with European countries outlawing it and so many US communities outraged and attempting to ban it and the horror stories and so on. But then I read this article and learned that some guy at the Farmington BLM office thinks it's no problem at all. What a relief.

    (I do hope that readers can detect the abundant amount of sarcasm dripping from my computer keyboard).

  • Joseph Hempfling posted at 8:50 pm on Mon, Sep 15, 2014.

    joehempfling Posts: 555

    I can't believe this RUSH TO DRILL is still even being considered in light of all the recent headlines re; water contamination, related health hazards, ruining of our infrastructure, the fact that it is outright BANNED in most of Europe and yet it still hangs on trying to get us to believe it is safe profitable and in our country's best interests.
    But then again as Gobbels is reported to have once said; any lie if repeated often enough becomes believable. Sorry but NOT THIS TIME. The era of fossil fuel is over so lets move on before it is too late.

  • Peter Neal posted at 1:46 pm on Mon, Sep 15, 2014.

    PeterNeal Posts: 841

    Isn't that kinda how welfare abuse works?

  • Peter Neal posted at 8:30 am on Sat, Sep 13, 2014.

    PeterNeal Posts: 841

    Yeah, MSLSD is soooo much more objective.

  • Pat Shackleford posted at 4:20 pm on Wed, Mar 19, 2014.

    Pat Shackleford Posts: 1100

    I suppose the Upton Sinclair quote, in a comment below, could be interpreted as you suggest. Otherwise, I don't think anyone is faulting or demeaning the workers, while arguing the merits and detriments of various production methods and their prevalence.

  • Pat Shackleford posted at 3:54 pm on Wed, Mar 19, 2014.

    Pat Shackleford Posts: 1100

    Would you please quote, or point to, an example of the "dismissive" content directed at "the amazingly hard work of the roughnecks of southeastern New Mexico." I haven't noticed that particular slant or angle here.

  • Mark C Johnson posted at 2:29 pm on Wed, Mar 19, 2014.

    Mark C Johnson Posts: 1

    Having been born and raised in Eddy County and spent most of my adult life in Sana Fe county, I am amazed at how dismissive the intellectuals of our state capitol are of the amazingly hard work of the roughnecks of southeastern New Mexico.

  • Thomas Carlson posted at 6:54 am on Tue, Mar 18, 2014.

    Thomas Carlson Posts: 154

    “It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.” Upton Sinclair

  • Cathy McManus posted at 3:09 pm on Mon, Mar 17, 2014.

    CMcManus Posts: 53

    Yes, traditionally a large chunk of revenue comes from oil and gas but this is shortsighted. This state could invest in renewable energy thru wind and solar and sell excess energy to other states. Our air and water and wildlife habitats would improve and make this state a real tourist destination for those who want a pristine outdoor environment. I have witnessed the large pipe lines going in across the state and we will experience an environmental disaster that will permanently damage this state. Look at WIPP in Carlsbad which we still do not know how leaked radiation will affect the thousands down there.

  • Michael Grimler posted at 9:45 am on Mon, Mar 17, 2014.

    shooter Posts: 335

    40% of New Mexico's income and annual budget comes from the sale of oil and gas.

    If all of that was to go away, how would we fund NM's expenditures?

  • Philip Taccetta posted at 10:28 am on Sun, Mar 16, 2014.

    PhiltheElder Posts: 408

    I can't believe that I find myself sidling with Pat. Dick Cheney is evil incarnate.
    Henry Bowman on the other hand has certainly been watching too much Faux News!
    Many climate scientists now agree that we have indeed hit the "tipping point" - climate change is no longer reversible. Some parts of the earth will become permanently uninhabitable due to climate change. We've missed our opportunity to slow/stop climate change due to the deep pockets of the extractive industries - and their ability to influence thinking, with climate change deniers all over the conservative media convincing people to ignore the facts.

  • Mel Hayes posted at 7:20 pm on Sat, Mar 15, 2014.

    Hobson Posts: 117

    I think Henry Bowman has been watching too much Fox TV.

  • Stephen Clarke posted at 10:01 am on Sat, Mar 15, 2014.

    SRC Posts: 3

    What I find most lamentable in all this is the accelerated genocide of indigenous Navajo lifeways and ceremonial traditions. It’s down the Memory Hole for anything else other than the news of the rule of plunder. The ethos of Mordor has become normalized in the land within which our Spirits of Place reside.

    Go to any lonely place of significance in the area to make offerings and reconnect with the deep history and Mythos of the Land and its ancestral pathways and you will note that the pulsing heartbeat of the Earth is increasingly difficult to access past the relentless mechanical drone of the wellpumps. The Holy People still walk about, but the cognitive dissonance of apprehending them while the machine world clanks way is difficult to sustain and not for the faint of heart. Many no longer try, but sustaining those links is important, in ways most of us no longer suspect.
    Aggressive ignorance about such matters, played out across the continent, is the bedrock of the American Dream. Repressed awareness about the source and costs of USA wealth and power (we are all guilty as hell; the “1%” of the worlds population!) serves devious agendas and percolates through the mass culture in a pervasive sense of unease and compulsive overcompensation, from reactive social politics to the militarization of foreign policy and the psychological devastation of sensitive youth.

    The life forces of the earth are receding to more hidden places. Follow them, if you can. They will return.

  • Henry Bowman posted at 9:28 pm on Fri, Mar 14, 2014.

    Henry Bowman Posts: 17

    I didn't say it wasn't happening...only that is for the better.

  • Thomas Carlson posted at 5:39 pm on Fri, Mar 14, 2014.

    Thomas Carlson Posts: 154

    Sorry, Henry, I'm going with 97% of climate scientists on this one. They say that global warming is happening and we're the cause of it. When you consider rising ocean temperatures and diminishing polar ice-caps, plus the methane feedback-loops that are kicking in... it's going to be real dicey for industrial civilization by mid-century. Maybe fossil-fuel investors can ride it all out in their wealth bubbles, though.

  • Henry Bowman posted at 4:33 pm on Fri, Mar 14, 2014.

    Henry Bowman Posts: 17

    Unfortunately, that "global warming" has slowed down -- there hasn't been any such warming for ~17 years. This is not good for humanity, as global warming has a net positive benefit on mankind.

    Carbon dioxide contributes to global warming, but only a relatively small amount, about 20% (and its effect decreases over time as carbon dioxide increases). We could all use a warmer planet, for a host of reasons.

    The drilling described will improve the lot of Americans (and New Mexicans in particular), but have little effect on global warming. Such effects, though small, are positive, not negative.

  • Joseph Hempfling posted at 2:11 pm on Fri, Mar 14, 2014.

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  • Pat Shackleford posted at 12:36 pm on Fri, Mar 14, 2014.

    Pat Shackleford Posts: 1100
  • Pat Shackleford posted at 11:52 am on Fri, Mar 14, 2014.

    Pat Shackleford Posts: 1100

    The "thanks" being to Dick Cheney, who as a friend of the industry (while otherwise operating as Satan's ambassador on Earth, a menace to society worldwide) was instrumental in implementing federal regulations allowing gas "frackers" to NOT disclose the chemicals/substances they inject into their wells. Congress passed the Energy Policy Act of 2005 which created exemptions for hydraulic fracturing to benefit Halliburton and other oil and gas companies.

    One key benefit of the legislation to producer-polluters, being that without disclosing the chemical composition of their injected substances, those chemicals, when later found in a water well can not (legally) be connected to the driller, thus leaving them unaccountable for damages, or cleanup.
    Thanks, Dick!

  • Thomas Carlson posted at 8:05 am on Fri, Mar 14, 2014.

    Thomas Carlson Posts: 154

    I think it's safe to say that if there is short-term profit to be made from exploiting every last bit of carbon-based energy... it will be made. Meanwhile, global warming is barreling down on us like a freight train.

  • Pat Shackleford posted at 3:01 am on Fri, Mar 14, 2014.

    Pat Shackleford Posts: 1100

    “We’ve been stimulating wells for more than 50 years in this area,” he said. “We have not had any groundwater contamination.

    That's a barrel of standard industry bs, for sure. How does one acquire proof of no groundwater contamination? Has he been monitoring all the private water wells in areas he's drilled for the last 40 years? What he probably means is; no one has yet proven that we've polluted their water, and/or, local residents aren't yet aware that their water is polluted, and if they are, they can't prove who did it. Thanks, Dick.


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