SANTA FE – An oil company operating in northwestern New Mexico has agreed to pay a civil fine of $ 25,000 as part of a settlement.
The Department of Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources said Tuesday that a notice of violation had been issued to San Juan Resources, Inc. for failing to report and properly investigate the potentially defective casing of ‘a well. The company was supposed to get state approval to do the required work on the well.
While no leaks or associated damage were identified at the well in question, state officials said the case underscored the importance of the integrity of the well and proper notification.
The state’s Petroleum Conservation Division requires ongoing remediation at the well site.
Division manager Adrienne Sandoval said in a statement her office considers the lack of reporting and failure to take appropriate action on serious violations as it compromises the regulatory process and the division’s ability to mitigate risk. potential for human health and the environment.
The division is developing more rules for the oil and gas industry to reduce methane emissions. Reporting requirements will be a big part of the effort, state officials said.