Mineral Resources comprises activities and programs related to subsurface natural resources including oil, natural gas, and minerals. The group has two divisions: the Oil, Gas, and Minerals Division and the Royalty Management Division.
The Oil, Gas and Minerals Division manages nonrenewable resources, evaluate those resources, issue all mineral leases, administer the monthly oil and gas lease sales, process and audit mineral royalty revenue, and administer leases for oil, natural gas, carbon dioxide, sand and gravel, caliche, coal, potash, salt, geothermal energy, and other minerals. The Division also administers water and salt water discharge easements, water rights agreements and water exploration and development easements.
The Royalty Management Division collects, processes, and audits oil and gas royalty revenues.
Patrick L. Padilla, Assistant Commissioner for Mineral Resources
Prior to his appointment at the State Land Office, Patrick headed a small, privately-held oil exploration and production company with operations in New Mexico's San Juan Basin. Patrick oversaw field operations, land work, regulatory compliance, future development projects and crude oil marketing on a day-to-day basis, and spearheaded an innovative drilling program aimed at shallow horizontal development of mature oil fields. His previous work in the hydrocarbon industry includes the development of oil and gas exploration projects on federal and state lands in New Mexico, Texas, Utah and Nevada.
In addition to Patrick's energy sector work, his professional experience included numerous private sector, governmental and IGO executive and project management positions in the United States, Japan, Australia and Spain.
Patrick is a native of Santa Fe and is thrilled to be able to add his diverse experience to the talented pool of professionals at the State Land Office and work on behalf of the trust beneficiaries. His free time is generally spent cooking, mountain biking or welding. He is also a Certified Sommelier as determined by the Court of Master Sommeliers.
He serves as Commissioner Dunn's representative to both the Oil Conservation Commission, which has a major role in setting oil, gas, and environmental policy for the state., and the New Mexico Mining Commission, which does that same for hard rock minerals
Terry Warnell, Director of Oil, Gas and Minerals Division
Terry Warnell has four decades of experience in the oil and gas industry and has been employed at the State Land Office for nearly two years as a petroleum specialist supervisor. Before that, he worked at Schlumberger, an oil field services company, for 25 years. Prior to coming to the State Land Office, Warnell was employed for four years at the Oil Conservation Division of the New Mexico Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources Department (EMNRD).
Danny Martinez, Director of Royalty Management Division
Martinez has 23 years of experience in the accounting sector, and his résumé includes experience with Ernst & Young and the New Mexico Department of Taxation and Revenue. “It has been a privilege to work for the New Mexico State Land Office for the past 14 years, and I am very appreciative of the opportunity to lead the Royalty Management Division and work with Commissioner Dunn. The staff of the Royalty Management Division works very hard for the State Land Trust and its beneficiaries, and as Director, I plan to build on the successes of the Division,” said Martinez.
For more information about Royalty Management, contact Division Director Danny Martinez at (505) 827-5757.