NM beefs up discussion on Natural Gas
Weekly Edition | April 2 | By: NP-staff
Santa Fe, NM — Natural gas becomes a topic of interest for New Mexico and has the third richest natural gas reserves in the United States.
The two main natural gas-producing areas in our state are the Permian Basin and the San Juan Basin. In fact, the San Juan Basin is the largest natural gas reserve in the entire country.
Most of the natural gas that New Mexico Gas Company purchases for our customers comes from the Permian and San Juan Basins.
Public Regulation Commissioner Douglas J. Howe will host a public meeting in Rio Rancho on Wednesday, May 3 to discuss benefits and problems associated with unconventional natural gas supplies in New Mexico.
According to Howe, the presentation will cover “the environmental, economic and energy policy repercussion of the sudden surge in unconventional natural gas supplies focusing on “shale-gas”, in which hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) has generated a sometimes heated debate, but also lightly touching on “coal–‐bed methane” and “tight sands gas” which are in many respects more relevant to New Mexico than Shale gas.”
Howe is the district 3 commissioner and serves citizens, businesses and stakeholders in most of the north central and northeastern part of the state, including Rio Rancho, Santa Fe, Taos and Los Alamos.