Salazar issues New Mexico oil, gas, potash co-development order

US Sec. of the Interior Ken Salazar issued a secretarial order on Dec. 3 to facilitate co-development of oil, gas, and potash within a 500,000-acre designated potash area (DPA) in southeastern New Mexico.

“This comprehensive strategy will allow us to move beyond years of disagreement and litigation between the energy and potash industries, and provides a balanced approach that will strengthen New Mexico’s economy,” Salazar said.

The final strategy, which was issued as a draft in July, aims to provide more certainty for mineral producers and allow more oil to be produced from the Permian Basin, the US Department of the Interior and Bureau of Land Management jointly said.

The order also improves certainty for potash resources which are vital to US agriculture, including some that are unique and significant, to be developed, they indicated.

DOI and BLM said the DPA contains significant deposits of both potash—the common name for potassium-bearing minerals, primarily used for fertilizer—and oil and gas in New Mexico, most of which is managed by BLM. It currently produces 75% of the potash mined in the US, and is also home to nearly 800 federal oil and gas leases, they noted.

Salazar’s order calls for horizontal drilling and other new oil and gas technologies to be used to minimize impacts and surface disruptions within the DPA. It also encourages regular, constructive discussion among the industries and the BLM and provides an industry forum to jointly address any concerns that arise in specific situations.

Contact Nick Snow at nicks@pennwell.com.

Related Articles

Permian briefs

08/13/2014

WoodMac: Wolfcamp spending could surpass that of Bakken by 2017

08/04/2014 Activity in the Wolfcamp shale is expanding and, by as early as 2017, could overtake the Bakken in tight oil spending, according to analysis on the...

Permian operators increasingly target shale as new technology rejuvenates legacy oil field

06/10/2014

The old saying "the best place to find oil is in an oil field" is holding true in the Permian basin.

Apache fracs Wolfcamp wells without fresh water in dry Barnhart project area

02/11/2014 At a site in drought-stricken West Texas, Apache Corp. has devised a system to hydraulically fracture wells in the prolific Wolfcamp shale without ...

Careers at TOTAL

Careers at TOTAL - Videos

More than 600 job openings are now online, watch videos and learn more!

 

Click Here to Watch

Other Oil & Gas Industry Jobs

Search More Job Listings >>
Stay Connected