Adelante Progressive Caucus
Resolution to Endorse New Mexico 2019 Senate Bill 459

Whereas, the State of New Mexico State Land Office’s contracts with oil and gas companies do not specify the type of extraction technologies to be used;

Whereas, at present,  there is nothing in New Mexico law currently that allows New Mexico’s Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources Department  to regulate fracking differently than conventional vertical drilling;

Whereas, in a presentation before Senate Conservation Committee during the 2019 Legislative session, New Mexico’s Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources Department revealed that the State of NM has little information about the impacts of fracking;

Whereas, New Mexico’s leadership is unable to make informed decisions regarding oil and gas regulation because there is a lack of knowledge and reporting requirements related to multi-stage hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling and the impacts of this industry on our lands, water, air, and public health and safety;

Be it resolved that the Adelante Progressive Caucus of the Democratic Party of New Mexico endorses Senate Bill 459, introduced by Antoinette Sedillo Lopez, Benny Shendo, Patricia Roybal Caballero and Anthony Allison, which will halt, for a period of four years, the issuance of new permits which allow hydraulic fracturing for the purpose of extracting oil or natural gas; and further, will require annual reports from the following department to include:

The energy, minerals and natural resources department to report on the number of active permits and applications received related to oil and gas development that involves hydraulic fracturing;

The department of environment to report on the actual and potential impact of oil and gas development that involves hydraulic fracturing on the environment;

The department of health to report on the actual and potential impact of oil and gas development that involves hydraulic fracturing on public health;

The office of the state engineer to report on the actual and potential impact of oil and gas development that involves hydraulic fracturing on surface and ground waters of the state;

The Indian affairs department to report on the actual and potential impact of oil and gas development that involves hydraulic fracturing on tribal governments, tribal trust lands and allotted landowners;

The workers’ compensation administration to report on claims filed under the Workers’ Compensation Act for injuries arising out of and in the course of employment related to hydraulic fracturing.

Approved on February 13, 2019