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FAQs

Administrative Order Applications

Be sure to submit the Administrative Application Checklist with your application!

What do the Administrative and Environmental Order Type acronyms mean?

Which administrative applications are reviewed for approval in Santa Fe, and who is assigned to each type?

Who are the hearing examiners?

Who works on the Underground Injection Control (UIC) Program?

What are some of the most common mistakes when applying for a permit to inject (SWD, WFX, PMX, etc.)?

What are some of the most common mistakes when applying for a permit to downhole commingle (DHC)?

What are some of the most common mistakes when applying for a permit to surface commingle (PC, PLC, CTB, OLS)?

 

Chloride Contaminated Waste Disposal

What is the procedure for handling chloride contaminated waste?

Electronic Permitting

What applications are available in electronic permitting?

How do I get started with electronic permitting?

In the Operator Change function, why won't my screen change when I click on the buttons?

Environmental Applications

Fracking

How can I find out what wells have been fracked?

Hearing Process

How many days before a hearing does an application have to be filed?

How long does it take for an order to be issued after a case is heard?

Will you accept a faxed application?

What is a pre-hearing statement?

What do the Hearing and Case File Type acronyms mean?

Imaging

Why does QuickTime try to load when I try to view an image?

Why do I get a blank page when my computer opens an image?

What do I do when I get "Page Not Found" or "Web Site is Unavailable" on the OCD site?

I receive an error when I click "View All".

I only see one page of a document.

When I view a Well Log, I only get a line down the page.

When I'm viewing an image, I don't have the options at the top to File, Print, etc.

What's the easiest way to see images of my approved permits?

Monthly Well Production Reports (C-115s)

How can I file my C-115 (Monthly Production Report) electronically?

What's my POD? 

Adjustment for Hauled Water.

Operating Wells In New Mexico

How do I become an operator in the state of New Mexico?

Pit Rule

Pit Rule Presentation 2013 (PowerPoint)

 

Transporting in New Mexico

How do I become a transporter in New Mexico?


 

ANSWERS

Which administrative applications are reviewed for approval in Santa Fe, and who is assigned to each type?  (Return to Question)

Scott Dawson (505-476-3480) can direct you to the hearing examiner who handles the type of application you are interested in.

Who are the hearing examiners?  (Return to Questions)

Michael McMillian (505-476-3448), Phillip Goetze(505-476-3466) and William Jones (505-476-3477).

Who works on the Underground Injection Control (UIC) Program? (Return to Questions)

Daniel Sanchez is the Division Enforcement and Compliance Manager.  His section is responsible for the UIC program and for applying for federal funds each year and all reporting and communication with the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

Carl Chavez permits and maintains data on UIC Class I, III, and V wells.

Phillip Goetze in conjunction with the Geologists in each District prepare the UIC Class II permits.

What are some of the most common mistakes when applying for a permit to inject (SWD, WFX, PMX, etc.)? (Return to Questions)

Using the wrong address for the Santa Fe office of the Division.  The Division is now located at: 1220 South St. Francis, Santa Fe, NM, 87505

Not submitting the Administrative Application Checklist (link to this document at the top of the Administrative Order section above.

Not including enough data in the spreadsheet of all wells within the Area of Review.  Please include API numbers, Cement Tops, and how the Cement Top was verified.

Not notifying the correct parties with a complete copy of the application, and a cover letter explaining that they have the option to object in writing to the Division. 

(i)              If the injection interval within the Area of Review has not been assigned Division designated operator(s), then notify the Lessee(s).  For areas without operators or Lessee(s), then notify the mineral interest owner(s).     

(ii)              Notify the surface owner of the injection facility and injection well site.  It should be either: the State Land Office, the Bureau of Land Management, or a Fee owner.

If your application is protested or otherwise refused administratively, the new rules state that you are responsible for initiating a Division hearing, and for all notice requirements, and for writing the advertisement to be placed on a hearing docket.

What are some of the most common mistakes when applying for a permit to downhole commingle (DHC)? (Return to Questions)

Not submitting the Administrative Application Checklist (link to this document at the top of the Administrative Order section above.

Neglecting to send in production split percentages either with the application or within a short time after completion of the well or workover.

Not including the complete Pool name and correct Pool code for all Pools to be commingled.  This includes:

(i)              Not working with the latest “official” Pool boundary maps.  This means the Pool boundary as approved through Division hearing and an issued Division order.

(ii)              Not including a properly filled out form C-102 for each Pool to the commingled showing the spacing unit size and orientation within the Section.

(iii)              Not indicating if the Pool(s) are undesignated or wildcat at this location.  Please note, if the spacing unit for the well is outside the Pool boundary but within 1 mile (2 miles in the NW) of the current Pool boundary, then the Pool name should be prefixed with “undesignated”.  If the spacing unit for the well is one mile (two miles in the NW) or further from the Pool boundary, then the Pool name is, for example, simply: Wildcat Delaware Gas.

(iv)              Not indicating if the Pool is to be Gas, Oil, or Associated Gas or Associated Oil.  This is especially important if the Pool is a Wildcat.

Not indicating if the well has a previously approved downhole commingle permit in effect and the name of this permit.

Not putting the estimated reservoir pressures on the form – if the depth of the top perf of the top interval times 1.5 is less than the depth of the bottom perf of the bottom interval.

What are some of the most common mistakes when applying for a permit to surface commingle (PC, PLC, CTB, OLS)?  (Return to Questions)

Not submitting the Administrative Application Checklist (link to this document at the top of the Administrative Order section above.

Neglecting to indicate exactly on a diagram where the allocation meters are and where the sales meters are.

Not reading the latest rule 303 – it has changed in the past year or so.  If interests are identical on a Pool Commingle, then you should submit a sundry and not the C-107b form.

If interests are identical, you must include a signed statement from an attorney or a landman to that effect.

Not realizing what “identical revenue interests” mean.  Please talk to your landman about this.

Not labeling all wells in your application with the well name and the API number and all producing pools with spacing unit sizes and orientations.

What applications are available in electronic permitting? (Return to Questions)

Currently available are:

C-101 Application for Permit to Drill and the C-102 Plat and Dedicated Acreage.  Deepenings, Re-entries, Plug Back and Add a Zone are not yet available, nor are changes of plans to the initial C-101/C-102. 

C-103 Sundries for spudding, cement and drilling, and perforations/tubing/formation tops. 

C-145 Operator Change.  This function can no longer be initiated by paper forms.

C-146 Name Change.  This function can no longer be initiated by paper forms.

C-115 Operators' Monthly Report

C-139 and C-140 Production Restoration and Well Workover tax incentives

There are many reports available under Operator Data.

We plan to add all permits covering the life of a well to our OCD Online Electronic Permitting system. 

How do I get started with electronic permitting? (Return to Questions)

You will need a user id.  Each organization has an Operator Administrator and any number of Operator Users.  If your organization has an Operator Administrator, that person can create a user id for you.  If you do not have an Operator Administrator, please click here and follow the instructions.

In the Operator Change function, why won't my screen change when I click on the buttons? (Return to Questions)

We don't know what causes this problem, but one user reported that when she temporarily disabled Norton Internet Security Firewall, all of the navigation worked.  There may be a setting in this software that will allow the navigation to work without disabling the whole product. 

Each operator that fracks a well is required to submit to the OCD a "Hydraulic Fracturing Fluid Disclosure Form." These forms may be viewed from the "Action Status" reports link on our e-permitting page. For information prior to 2012, refer to C-103 forms located in the well files of the Imaging system.  For details, please note that all Hydraulic Fracturing Fluid Disclosure Forms and C-103 forms are stored in the well files. (Return to Questions)

How many days before a hearing does an application have to be filed? (Return to Questions)

Thirty.

How long does it take for an order to be issued after a case is heard? (Return to Questions)

It varies from three to six weeks depending on the difficulty of the case.

Will you accept a faxed application? (Return to Questions)

Yes, in order to meet a filing deadline, but we need the original, also. 

What is a pre-hearing statement? (Return to Questions)

A brief statement of what is being sought in the application, how many witnesses will be testifying and how many exhibits presented, and the approximate length of time the presentation of your case will take.

What do the Administrative and Environmental Order Type acronyms mean? (Return to Questions)

Answer

What do the Hearing and Case File Type acronyms mean?  (Return to Questions)

Answer

Why does QuickTime try to load when I try to view an image?  (Return to Questions)

Thanks to the State of Maryland, Maryland Archives website for this information.  Answer

Why do I get a blank page when my computer opens an image? (Return to Questions)

It's possible that your PC is trying to use a viewer that cannot display a .tif file.  Microsoft Document viewer usually displays the image as a blank document.  QuickTime usually cannot display the file at all.

Please install a .tif viewing program or change your file asociation to a different program that can display .tif files properly. 

What do I do when I get "Page Not Found" or "Web Site is Unavailable" on the OCD site? (Return to Questions)

This problem usually occurs after maintenance has been applied to a PC, especially when virus scanners are installed.  The problem is with the security set up of your PC.  You might try to make sure you have the latest security patches applied to your PC.  You might also try to temporarily disable your virus scanner to see if you are then able to access the OCD web site. 

I receive an error when I click "View All". (Return to Questions)

This happens with certain well files, but we don't have a pattern for the problem yet.  Our programmers are working to fix this.

I only see one page of a document. (Return to Questions)

Try using a different .tif viewer.  For example, "BlueView" by Schlumberger works well for well logs, but only shows page one of a multi-page .tif file.  A different viewer should show you all the pages of a document. 

When I view a Well Log, I only get a line down the page. (Return to Questions)

Your .tif viewer is printing the entire log on one sheet of paper and it is too small to read.  Try a different .tif viewer that allows you to select a section of the log to view.  "BlueView" by Schlumberger allows this.  Or you may select a portion of the log you are interested in and "Cut and Paste" into a different application that you can print from. 

When I'm viewing an image, I don't have the options at the top to File, Print, etc. (Return to Questions)

Users who have reported this problem were using QuickTime. 

What's the easiest way to see images of my approved permits? (Return to Questions)

Since OCD no longer returns approved permits to the operators, here are some tips to find whether your APD, Sundry, etc. was approved and how to get a copy of it:

1.   When a permit is approved through OCD Online (electronic permitting), you will receive an e-mail notice of the approval.  Clicking on the link in this notice takes you directly to the approved permit and all attachments, comments, and conditions of approval.  Unfortunately, we don't have all permits in OCD Online yet, but we're rushing. 

2.  The imaging system has an option under Well Files to view all documents for a particular operator scanned since a certain date.  Change the Operator Name box to "Contains" and type in a portion of your operator name, such as "Conoco".  Then enter a date in the next box, and then click Continue.  You will see all well files that have had documents added for that operator since the date you entered.  The approved permit will be the first or last thumbnail, depending on whether you sort in Ascending or Descending order. 

3.  The Weekly ID Reports under Statistics show all newly approved APDs, pluggings, re-entries, deepenings, and completions.  This gives you a weekly summary of what was approved, however it does not include most Sundry activities.

4.  The Well List under OCD Online, E-permitting, will display your newly approved APDs the day after they are approved. 

Thank you for your cooperation in this effort to save administrative time we need to use for scanning.

 

 

What's my POD? (Return to Questions)

We are still assigning PODs and they must be reported on the C-115.  When your C-104 for authorization to transport is approved, a POD for that completion is assigned that evening and posted on the Well List.  To get to the Well List, go to OCD Online, Electronic Permitting, Operator Data, and Well List.  You do not need to log on.  Fill out the operator name, then you can use Edit to find the particular well name or API number, or scroll through the list.  The PODs are on the far right.

If you see a well completion with no PODs, the C-104 has not yet been approved.  If you believe there is a more appropriate POD for this well completion than the one displayed, you may use that.  You do not need to notify OCD of that. 

User Manual for C-115 Web (Return to Questions)

C-115 Instructions

How do I become an operator in the state of New Mexico? (Return to Questions)

Answer

How do I become a transporter in the state of New Mexico? (Return to Question)

E-mail to denise.gallegos@state.nm.us or FAX (505-476-3262) a letter on your organization's letterhead a request to become a transporter including your address, phone number, fax number, and contact person.  You will be assigned a transporter OGRID number.

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