OCD GIS and Maps
The data sets are provided as a public service for informational purposes only and are not intended to be used as an authoritative public record for any geographic location and may not be suitable for legal, engineering, or surveying purposes.
The Oil Conservation Division cannot accept any responsibility for any errors, omissions, or positional accuracy, and therefore, there are no warranties which accompany this product. Organizations and individual users are responsible for verifying the accuracy, completeness, currency, and/or suitability of these data sets themselves.
The New Mexico Oil Conservation Division is the custodian of the well locations and well information only. Any other data layers in the maps are provided as a courtesy for spatial context. For access to industry-related data, please contact the appropriate data custodian, such as the Bureau of Land Management or the New Mexico State Land Office. Finally, for information and access to other data found in the maps, please use the New Mexico Resource Geographic Information System (RGIS; http://rgis.unm.edu/).
This Application displays oil and gas wells in New Mexico. Data is updated as it becomes available. Additional data layers include Public Land Survey Systems (PLSS), BLM communitization agreements, Bureau of Land Management participating areas, hydrology, and OCD districts. Please note that some data layers only appear at specific map scales.
Gas venting is the discharge of unburned gases into the atmosphere, often carried out to maintain safe conditions during the different phases of the treatment process. The term gas flaring indicates the combustion of gas (without energy recovery) in an open flame that burns unceasingly at the top of flare stacks in oil production sites.
This map is populated from the C-115 forms, formally referred to as the Operator’s Monthly Report. Under OCD rules (Title 19, Chapter 15, Part 7 or 19.15.7 NMAC) operators are required to report production and injection information on or before the 15th day of the second month following the production or injection.
Within in the C-115, regulations stipulate that operators must report both flaring and venting as a lump sum for each Property and may have multiple wells associated with each. To assist with monitoring, a Property centroid was created within each cluster of wells and may not represent the physical location of venting and flaring.
A brine well is a solution mining operation to remove salt. Fresh water is introduced into the subsurface through a well casing, thereby dissolving the salt. The brine is then pumped out and trucked to well sites for beneficial use. There are a total of 32 permitted brine well operations in New Mexico associated with oil and gas development. The oldest of these wells dates back to 1963. At present, there remain nine active brine facilities. This has been a relatively cost-effective means of producing brine though it can also be made directly at the point of use by mixing dry salt with water.
Oversight of brine wells by the Oil Conservation Division is accomplished under provisions of the federal Underground Injection Control program and the New Mexico Water Quality Control Commission regulations. Both these enforcement mechanisms are concerned with the protection of groundwater.