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New Mexico Oil and Gas Association

The New Mexico Oil & Gas Association (NMOGA) is a coalition of oil and natural gas companies, individuals, and stakeholders dedicated to promoting the safe and environmentally responsible development of oil and natural gas resources in New Mexico. Representing over 1,000 members, NMOGA works with elected officials, community leaders, industry experts, and the general public, to advocate for responsible oil and natural gas policies and increase public understanding of industry operations and contributions to the state. 


New Mexico's oil and natural gas activity is concentrated in two areas: the Permian Basin in the southeast and the San Juan Basin in the northwest. New Mexico is one of the United States' leading producers, ranking 2nd in annual oil production and 9th in annual natural gas production. New Mexico is attracting interest and attention from around the globe, as the Permian Basin undergoes a resurgence of production and investment activity. 

Fracking, also known as hydraulic fracturing, is a proven technology that has been used in New Mexico for over 50 years and more than 50,000 times to safely increase production of oil and natural gas. The technique was first used in Kansas in 1949 on a well operated by Stanolind Oil Company.

The 1980s and 1990s saw great advances in hydraulic fracturing design through advanced computer modeling. This was also a time when horizontal drilling was also being developed within the industry. It was the effective marriage of these two technologies that opened up the “shale revolution” by allowing what had been uneconomic geologic formations to become valuable resources in New Mexico and elsewhere. Through this focus of innovation, science, and technology, the industry continues to enhance clean energy production for our state, nation and around the globe.

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