Oil Conservation Commission
OIL CONSERVATION COMMISSION
The New Mexico Oil and Gas Act of 1935 established the three-member Oil Conservation Commission. (NMSA 1978, §70-2-4). The Commission members are:
1) the Director of the Oil Conservation Division,
2) a designee of the Commissioner of Public Lands, and
3) a designee of the Secretary of the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department.
While the Act grants the Commission “concurrent jurisdiction and authority” with the Division (§70-2-6(B)), the Commission’s activities today focus on two areas: the consideration and adoption of rules (§70-2-12.2) and the de novo review of orders entered by the Director (§70-2-13). The Commission establishes a schedule of monthly meetings. Hearings generally occur at the meetings.
The Commission posts a draft agenda for its regular meetings ten days before the meeting and a final agenda 72 hours before the meeting. Notices for meetings and hearings can be found below.