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OCD Publications

Annual Reports The New Mexico Natural Resources Report is produced annually by the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department.
Carbon Sequestration Final Carbon Sequestration report issued December 3, 2007.
Environmental Handbook (to be updated)

The New Mexico Oil Conservation Division (OCD) administers several wide-ranging water quality protection programs. These programs are overseen by the OCD Environmental Bureau. In the document, Attachment I is a program summary which provided an overview of the OCD's environmental program. The OCD personnel organization chart and accompanying phone list is detailed in Attachment II.

Glossary of Oil & Gas Terms This glossary is provided courtesy of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) with links to other oil and gas industry glossaries.

Pollution Prevention Best Management Practices


The information contained in this manual is provided as guidance only. Benchmark Environmental Corporation makes no warranty, guarantee, or representation, nor assumes responsibility for the absolute sufficiency of any information contained in this manual.  Any party using this manual should not assume that all acceptable measures are included, or that other measures may not be required.

Pollution Prevention Pocket Guide

The Pollution Prevention/Best Management Practices Pocket Guide for the New Mexico Oil and Gas Industry is a quick lookup reference for common oil and gas pollution prevention and waste management practices. The Guide, a supplement to the two-volume Pollution Prevention/ Best Management Practices Manual, will help identify ways to prevent pollution and manage wastes effectively in oil and gas field operations. While the manual promotes the development of a pollution prevention plan through an evaluation of waste-generating processes, the pocket guide stresses the quick but effective solution that would not require a plan to implement.

UIC Brochure

EPA Pocket Guide


These brochures contains a complete overview of the Underground Injection Control program as implemented by NMOCD, EPA and the Ground Water Protection Council for regulating Class II Salt Water Disposal and Hydrocarbon Storage Wells; Class I, III and V Wells are also included.

UIC Guidance


This link currently contains Underground Injection Control (UIC) Fall-Off Test guidance as implemented by NMOCD for Class I injection or disposal wells.  EPA UIC program information is included. 
UIC Manual This manual is intended to help operators comply with the New Mexico Oil Conservation Division’s Underground Injection Control Program requirements.

WQCC Regulations

Title 20 Environmental Protection - Chapter 6 Water Quality - Part 2 Ground and Surface Water Protection (20.6.2 NMAC) covering discharges, disposals, closures, etc.; and Part 4 Standards for Interstate and Intrastate Surface Waters (20.6.4 NMAC).
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