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Oil and Gas Regulators Get Penalty Power Under New Mexico Bill

March 18, 2019, 12:48 PM

New Mexico oil and gas regulators will be able to sanction companies for violating state law for the first time in a decade if a bill the Legislature passed March 15 is signed into law.

The bill, which also outlines how the state will handle an industry byproduct known as produced water, now heads to Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham for consideration. Lujan Grisham, who took office this year, campaigned on protecting the environment and holding businesses accountable.

Lawmakers approved returning power to New Mexico’s Oil Conservation Division. A 2009 state Supreme Court decision had...

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