A New Day at IPANM
IPANM (Oct. 29, 2019) - Due to a considerable number of important rulemaking hearings set for 2020, IPANM is asking members and industry non-members to contribute to our Legal Fund. In some cases, IPANM will be the only group representing the interests of industry at...
In a win for industry, on October 27th, the US Court of Appeals 10th circuit court affirmed the lower court's denial of injunctive relief on the case of Dine Citizens Against Ruining the Environment , et. al. v. Jewell, No. 15-2130. This case also has several...
Today, IPANM’s executive director, Karin Foster, testified before the US House Natural Resources Committee subcommittee on Energy and Mineral resources on Unbundling.
Over the past several years, IPANM has been at the forefront of working on the ONRR unbundling issue. Many, if not all, of our members producing on Federal Lands in Northwest New Mexico have been impacted by ONRR’s uneven application of this policy. The frustration levels are high and the costs of complying with the ONRR policy that no one seems to understand or fairly implement are also exceedingly high.
Today IPANM is filing with the New Mexico Court of Appeals two very important motions and extensive briefs on issues impacting the New Mexico oil and gas operators.
Last week, the New Mexico Court of Appeals heard arguments on issues relating to the Surface Owners Protection Act (SOPA). IPANM had submitted Amicus Curiae briefing on two issues that we felt are very important to members. First, geophysical seismic activities are...
Yesterday, IPANM filed amicus briefs with the New Mexico Supreme Court on a very important case here in New Mexico. As reported at the Annual Meeting, New Mexico has not adopted a ‘Marketable Condition Rule.’ There has been litigation on this issue for years, but the IPANM Board felt that now there is a case that warrants our involvement.
IPANM recently filed a lawsuit against the County of Mora and its Commissioners for passing an ordinance in that county that is a complete ban on oil and gas operations. In the media, the Chairman of the Commission is stating that this is a “fracking issue” and that the citizens of Mora County have the right to protect their water resources. The environmental blogs, media and Hollywood starlets are strongly behind the anti-fracking movement. In fact, even MoveOn.org has an application on line seeking “#FrackingFighters.” MoveOn has the funding to provide each Fracking Fighter with a $500 grant, a megaphone, signs and a script.
The move by Mora County Commissioners to ban oil and gas development within the county this Spring has prompted the Independent Petroleum Association of New Mexico to team up with local landowners and take the issue to federal court.
In a dispute being watched around the United States, a statewide oil and gas association and three Mora County landowners are suing the Mora County Commission over its ban on oil drilling. The lawsuit, filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque, claims the county’s action in April violates the plaintiffs’ civil rights and is unconstitutional.