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FILE FOR HYDROSTATIC TEST DEWATERING (4/21/2021):

The purpose of the Hydrostatic Test Dewatering document is to provide a guide for filing proper notification and preparing plans when operators intend to discharge wastewater generated from hydrostatic testing of pipelines of transmission of oil and gas.  The document is available for download here.

ADDRESSING A RELEASE TO THE VADOSE ZONE AT A PART 36 LANDFARM PURSUANT TO PART 29 (4/21/2021):

The document is available for download here.

RECYCLING FACILITIES:

19.15.34 NMAC applies to the transportation, disposal, recycling, reuse or the direct surface or subsurface disposition by use of water produced or used in connection with the development or production of oil or gas or both; in road construction or maintenance, or other construction; in the generation of electricity or in other industrial processes. 19.15.34 NMAC also applies to the transportation of drilling fluids and liquid oil field waste.

Permit or Registration for Recycling and Re-use of Produced Water, Drilling Fluids and Liquid Oil Field Waste including Recycling Containment (C-147L). The C-147 long form document can be downloaded here.

Permit or Registration for Recycling and Re-use of Produced Water, Drilling Fluids and Liquid Oil Field Waste (C-147S).  The C-147 short form is here.

19.15.34.9.C. The operator of a recycling facility shall keep accurate records and shall report monthly to the division the total volume of water received for recycling, with the amount of fresh water received listed separately, and the total volume of water leaving the facility for disposition by use on form C-148.

DISCHARGE PLANS:

The New Mexico Oil Conservation Division (OCD) regulates disposal of non-domestic wastes resulting from the activities at Natural Gas Plants, Refineries, Compressor and Crude Oil Pump Stations pursuant to authority granted in the New Mexico Oil and Gas Act and the Water Quality Act. OCD administers, through delegation by the New Mexico Water Quality Control Commission (WQCC), all Water Quality Act regulations pertaining to surface and ground water except sewage. However, if the sewage is in a combined waste stream, the OCD will have jurisdiction.

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WQCC Notices

Discharge Permit Application – Artesia PTU LLC, a subsidiary of HollyFrontier Corporation (3/4/2022):

The New Mexico Oil Conservation Division (OCD), Environmental Bureau, has reviewed a discharge permit application for Artesia PTU LLC (APTU), a subsidiary of HollyFrontier Corporation.  The discharge permit application was deemed administratively complete on 3/4/2022.  Subsection E of 20.6.2.3108 NMAC requires the below information be posted on OCD’s website and sent to those persons on a general and facility-specific list maintained by OCD:

APTU has constructed a Pretreatment Unit (PTU) located at the HollyFrontier Navajo Refining LLC, Artesia, NM Refinery (Navajo Refinery) as a part of the renewable diesel generation process.  The PTU is specifically located at 190 S Freeman Avenue in the City of Artesia, Eddy County, New Mexico, 88210 in the SE/4 of Section 1, E/2 of Section 8, W/2 of Section 9, N/2 of Section 12, Township 17 South, Range 26 East, New Mexico Principal Meridian (NMPM), Eddy County.  The 13,000 barrel per day PTU is in the southern portion of the Navajo Refinery property. The PTU will generate the feedstock for the newly constructed Renewable Diesel Unit (RDU) that is in the North Plant Process Area of the Navajo Refinery. The PTU rail spur is also temporarily being used to stage railcars as needed.  Ground water that may be affected by a potential (unintentional) discharge at the PTU occurs at a depth of approximately 10 to 30 feet below ground surface with a total dissolved solids concentration of approximately 2,400 milligrams per liter (mg/L).

The OCD contact by which interested parties may obtain information, submit comments, and request to be placed on a facility-specific mailing list for future notices is Leigh Barr, Administrative Permitting Supervisor, 505-670-5684, OCD.DischargePermits@state.nm.us.  The OCD mailing address is 1220 South St. Francis Drive, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87505. The OCD will accept comments and statements of interest regarding the discharge permit application and will create a facility-specific mailing list for persons who wish to receive future notices.

 

Renewal Discharge Permit Application – HollyFrontier Navajo Refining LLC, Artesia, NM Refinery (3/4/2022):

The New Mexico Oil Conservation Division (OCD), Environmental Bureau, has reviewed a renewal discharge permit application for HollyFrontier Navajo Refining LLC, Artesia, New Mexico Refinery (Navajo Refinery).  The renewal discharge permit application was deemed administratively complete on 3/4/2022.  Subsection E of 20.6.2.3108 NMAC requires the below information be posted on OCD’s website and sent to those persons on a general and facility-specific list maintained by OCD:

HollyFrontier Navajo Refining LLC owns the Navajo Refinery.  The Navajo Refinery is located at 501 East Main Street, Artesia, NM, 88210 in the SE/4 Section 1, E/2 of Section 8, W/2 of Section 9, N/2 of section 12, Township 17 South, Range 26 East, New Mexico Principal Meridian (NMPM), Eddy County.  The Navajo Refinery processes up to 115,000 barrels per day (bbl/day) of crude oil and other feedstocks into asphalt, fuel oil, gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, and liquefied petroleum gas.  The Navajo Refinery also operates three reverse osmosis (RO) units to treat raw water from the City of Artesia or water pumped from the ground for use as boiler feed water or cooling tower makeup water in the Navajo Refinery process.  The volume of groundwater processed through the three RO units is up to 1,191 gallons per minute (gpm).  The RO reject fluid that is produced during the process is then co-mingled with Navajo Refinery effluent from the on-site wastewater treatment plant (WWTP). The volume of wastewater going to the WWTP is up to 20 gpm. The RO reject fluid co-mingled with the Navajo Refinery WWTP effluent is authorized to be injected into permitted Class I non-hazardous deep well disposal wells to the southeast of the Navajo Refinery (WDW-1, WDW-2, WDW-3, and WDW-4).  The Navajo Refinery is in the process of constructing a 9,000 bbl/day Renewable Diesel Unit (RDU) in the North Plant Process Area of the Navajo Refinery. The RDU will consist of a slop tank, cooling tower, processing unit, and feed tanks. The RDU is operated by Artesia Renewable Diesel Company LLC, a separate subsidiary of HollyFrontier Corporation.  Ground water that may be affected by a potential (unintentional) discharge at the Navajo Refinery occurs at a depth of approximately 10 to 30 feet below ground surface (ft bgs) with a total dissolved solids concentration of approximately 4,700 milligrams per liter (mg/L).  Ground water that may be affected by the potential (unintentional) discharge at the Class I non-hazardous deep well disposal wells to the southeast of the Navajo Refinery (WDW-1, WDW-2, WDW-3, and WDW-4) occurs at a depth of approximately 100 ft bgs with a total dissolved solids concentration of approximately 2,000 mg/L.

The OCD contact by which interested parties may obtain information, submit comments, and request to be placed on a facility-specific mailing list for future notices is Leigh Barr, Administrative Permitting Supervisor, 505-670-5684, OCD.DischargePermits@state.nm.us.  The OCD mailing address is 1220 South St. Francis Drive, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87505.  The OCD will accept comments and statements of interest regarding the renewal discharge permit application and will create a facility-specific mailing list for persons who wish to receive future notices.

Renewal Discharge Permit Application – Western Refining Southwest LLC, Bloomfield Products Terminal (2/14/2022):

PURSUANT to 20.6.2.3108 NMAC

The New Mexico Oil Conservation Division (OCD), Environmental Bureau, has reviewed a renewal discharge permit application for Western Refining Southwest LLC (Western Refining), Bloomfield Terminal.  The discharge permit application was deemed administratively complete on 2/14/2022. 

Western Refining owns the Bloomfield Terminal.  Their physical address is 50 County Road 4990, Bloomfield, NM 87413.  The Terminal is located in San Juan County, New Mexico in Section 27, Township 29 North, and Range 11 West.  Bloomfield Terminal stores and transfers crude oil and petroleum products (e.g., unleaded gasoline, diesel, and ethanol); operations include petroleum products storage, pipeline shipping and receiving, and truck loading and unloading.  Terminal operations and remediation activities generate industrial wastewater.  This wastewater is effluent that may reasonably be expected to come in-contact with hydrocarbon and includes contact stormwater, recovered groundwater, boiler water, heater treater water, water from boiler feed water treatment system, water collected in storage tanks, water generated during process equipment cleaning, and water generated during equipment and pipeline hydrotesting.  The Terminal utilizes an onsite wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) that averages 65 gallons per minute with a total dissolved solids (TDS) concentration of approximately 5,500 ppm.  The treated non-hazardous wastewater is sent to a series of three lined aeration lagoons.  Effluent from the lagoons flows to one of two evaporation ponds.  The evaporation ponds act as a holding basin for excess wastewater and allows for solar and wind-effect evaporation to take place. Water that is not evaporated is injected into an onsite OCD permitted Underground Injection Control Class I disposal well.  Groundwater most likely to be affected by a spill, leak, or accidental discharge to the subsurface varies at depths ranging from 10 to 30 feet below the ground surface and contains TDS concentrations that vary across the property between 448 and 6,060 ppm.

Based on the submitted renewal discharge permit application, OCD has prepared a draft permit for the Bloomfield Terminal.  The OCD contact by which interested persons may obtain information, submit comments, request to be placed on an OCD created facility-specific mailing list for future notices, request a copy of the draft permit, and request a public hearing is Leigh Barr, (505) 670-5684, OCD.DischargePermits@state.nm.us with mailing address 1220 South St. Francis Drive, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87505. 

The OCD will accept comments and statements of interest regarding the discharge permit application and the draft permit; prior to ruling on any proposed discharge permit, the Director shall allow a period of at least thirty (30) days from the date of newspaper publication (i.e., 30-days from May 18, 2022).  During this time-period, interested persons may submit comments and/or request in writing that OCD hold a public hearing.  Note, all comments will be considered. 

Requests for a public hearing shall be in writing and shall set forth the reasons why a hearing should be held. A hearing will be held if the Director determines that there is substantial public interest.  If no public hearing is held, the Director will approve or disapprove the permit based on information available, including all public comments received. If a public hearing is held, the director will approve or disapprove the permit based on public comments and information submitted at the hearing.  The OCD shall notify the applicant and any person requesting a public hearing of the decision whether to hold a public hearing and the reasons therefore in writing.

Draft Discharge Permit, GW-001, Western Refining Southwest LLC-Bloomfield Terminal

 

Discharge Permit Renewal (BW-2) Basic Energy Services, L.P. (06/10/2020):  

The Underground Injection Control (UIC) Class III Solution Mining Well “Eunice Brine Well No. 1” (API# 30-025-26884) is located at UL: O, Section 34, Township 21 South, Range 37 East, Latitude: N 32.42983º Longitude: W -103. 15015°, NMPM, Lea County. The brine well may be found driving approximately 3/4 mile east on Texas Street and 1/2 mile south on Fourth Street from the Town of Eunice, New Mexico.

Administratively Complete (6/9/2020)

Description (6/10/2020)

Application (5/19/2020)

Discharge Permit (6/21/2020)

Public Notice (Estimated OCD date: Sunday 6/21/2020)

Surface Waste Management Notices

Small Landfarm Registration (NM3-3), Hilcorp Energy Corporation (10/15/2021):

Mansfield #11N Landfarm, located in the NE ¼ of the SW ¼  (Unit Letter K) in Section 29 of Township 30 North, Range 9 West NMPM in San Juan County, NM (latitude 36.78040, longitude -107.80726) approximately 3 miles northwest of Turley, New Mexico.

Hilcorp Energy Corporation Form C-137 EZ Registration and Approval

Surface Waste Management Facility Permit (NM2-026), Hilcorp Energy Company (10/28/21):

Application for a New Centralized Surface Waste Management Facility, Tank Mountain Landfarm, is proposed approximately 12.7 miles northeast of Aztec, New Mexico in Section 5 of Township 31 North, Range 9 West NMPM, San Juan County, New Mexico.

Tentative Decision to Issue Permit with Conditions – Tank Mountain Surface Waste Management Facility

Hilcorp Energy Tank Mountain Landfarm Surface Waste Management Facility Notice (NM2-026)  (12/10/2020)

Surface Waste Management Facilities Permit (NM1-005), Basin Disposal Inc. (11/12/19):

Renewal Application for an Existing Commercial Surface Waste Management Facility, Basin Disposal Surface Waste Management Facility, is proposed approximately 3 miles north of Bloomfield, New Mexico in Section 3 of Township 29 North, Range 11 West NMPM, San Juan County, New Mexico.

Basin Disposal Inc. Surface Waste Management Facility Notice

Surface Waste Management Facilities Permit (NM1-065), Envirotech Inc. (06/28/19):

Application for a New Commercial Surface Waste Management Facility, Envirotech Landfarm #4, is proposed approximately 14.5 miles south of Bloomfield, New Mexico in Sections 6, 7, and 8 of Township 26 North, Range 10 West NMPM, San Juan County, New Mexico.

Envirotech Inc. Landfarm #4 New Application Notice