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Maudes Canyon Courst – Proposed Silver City Disc Golf Public Meeting

Members of the public are invited to learn more about a proposed disc golf course on state trust land in Silver City in the Maude’s Canyon Area

WHEN: Thursday, May 20, 2021 from 5:30 – 7:00 pm

WHERE: ZOOM Webinar Details below.

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You are invited to a Zoom webinar.
When: May 20, 2021 05:30 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)
Topic: Proposed Silver City Disc Golf Course Public Meeting

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Webinar ID: 843 4470 7251
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State Land Office Breaks Record for Highest Monthly Royalty Earnings

Stephanie Garcia Richard, Commissioner of Public Lands

State of New Mexico

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 4, 2021

Contact:

Angie Poss, Assistant Commissioner of Communications

505.470.2965

aposs@slo.state.nm.us

State Land Office Breaks Record for Highest Monthly Royalty Earnings: $109.8 Million Earned in April 2021

Record revenue reduces tax burden on New Mexico families

SANTA FE, NM – The New Mexico State Land Office today announced historic monthly royalty earnings of $109.8 million for April 2021. This money will be deposited into the Land Grant Permanent Fund and will benefit New Mexico public schools, hospitals, and universities, while also continuing to draw additional revenue for the state in the form of investment returns. 

“The money earned by the State Land Office in April was more than any month since statehood – over $109 million – brought in through royalty payments on our oil and gas leases. When the State Land Office has huge revenue months like this, New Mexicans benefit directly from that success,” Commissioner of Public Lands Stephanie Garcia Richard said.  “It’s a little known fact, but on average, the State Land Office saves the typical New Mexico taxpaying household an estimated $1,500 per year in taxes in money that would otherwise be needed to fund our state. This is a huge monetary relief for hard working New Mexico families, particularly during the coronavirus pandemic.”


The two previous record months for State Land Office royalty earnings were $108.9 million in February 2020 and $106.3 million in April 2020, both under Commissioner Garcia Richard.

In order to continue bringing in high revenues, even when the oil and gas industry next falters, the State Land Office is working diligently to diversify its revenue streams.

“While we celebrate this new monthly revenue record, we do so with the understanding that these resources are finite, and are not a stable long-term budgeting mechanism for our state. We are committed to diversifying the revenue coming from state trust land by increasing renewable energy generation, creating new outdoor recreation opportunities, seeking out new commercial business development, and looking at innovations in agriculture for additional revenue generation,” Commissioner Garcia Richard added.


Under the leadership of Commissioner of Public Lands Stephanie Garcia Richard, the New Mexico State Land Office has seen back-to-back years of revenue over $1 billion. Over 13 million acres of state trust land are leased for a variety of uses, including ranching and farming, renewable energy, business development, mineral development, and outdoor recreation. The money earned from leasing activity supports 22 beneficiaries – New Mexico public schools, seven universities and colleges, the School for the Deaf, the School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, three hospitals, water and land conservation projects, and public building construction and repair.

State Land Office Files Lawsuit to Clean Up Massive Abandoned Oil and Gas Site in McKinley County

Stephanie Garcia Richard, Commissioner of Public Lands

State of New Mexico

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 22, 2021

Contact:

Angie Poss, Assistant Commissioner of Communications

505.470.2965

aposs@slo.state.nm.us

State Land Office Files Lawsuit to Clean Up Massive Abandoned Oil and Gas Site in McKinley County

Defendants have failed to plug at least 29 wells and remediate over 500 acres of state trust land

SANTA FE, NM – Today in honor of Earth Day, the New Mexico State Land Office filed its 16th lawsuit in its ongoing Accountability and Enforcement Program. The Accountability and Enforcement Program, launched in November 2020, is a historic, agency-wide programmatic approach being undertaken to ensure oil and gas companies, and other lease holders, honor their contractual promise to operate and close out responsibly.

“At the core of our Accountability and Enforcement Program is a commitment to protecting the land for future generations. A lot of companies are proving willing to work with the State Land Office to clean up abandoned well sites. At the other end of the spectrum, we are taking decisive legal action against companies who walk away from their messes and responsibilities to the land,” Commissioner of Public Lands Stephanie Garcia Richard said of the Program.

The lawsuit filed today in the First Judicial District Court seeks damages against a former State Land Office oil and gas lessee, BC&D Operating, Inc., and a related company, Dominion Production Company, for their failure to clean up two massive abandoned leases on state land in McKinley County. The State Land Office is taking this action because the companies have not honored their obligations to the state land trust, which include:

  • Plugging at least 29 oil wells abandoned by the defendants
  • Full remediation and reclamation of over 500 acres of state trust land with 29 unplugged and 15 plugged well sites to include the full removal of infrastructure, trash, and debris, and the cleanup of any contamination associated with the site   
  • The payment of penalties for trespassing on state trust land since the leases expired in July 2018
Aerial Map Of Expired Leases and Inactive Wells Related to Lawsuit

Defendant BC&D Operating, Inc. acquired the leases in the early 1990’s, but the leases themselves date back to 1922 and 1932. The leases stipulate that they would expire when the wells on-site were no longer productive, which occurred by 2018. All of the 29 or more unplugged wells on the lease sites were operated by BC&D or by co-defendant Dominion Production Company.

“We’ve seen huge success so far, and it is fitting to file this major suit in honor of Earth Day,” Commissioner Garcia Richard added. “In just 6 months since launching the Program, we have attained the plugging of 18 abandoned wells, fully reclaimed 12 contaminated sites, and filed 16 lawsuits against companies who didn’t want to live up to their responsibilities. We are confident we will win the case filed today which will result in this massive abandoned oil and gas site being cleaned up, at last.”

Oil and gas leases on state trust land are set by state statute and require compliance with State Land Office rules including plugging wells, remediating spills and sites, including the clearing of infrastructure, trash, and debris, along with restoring the land to its original condition once a lease has expired (19.2.100.66 – 67 of the New Mexico Administrative Code).

Read the full complaint with exhibits: Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard v. BC&D/Dominion Production Company

View the Aerial Map

View Photo Library of partial infrastructure left on more than 500 acres of state trust land abandoned by BC&D Operating/Dominion Production Company


Under the leadership of Commissioner of Public Lands Stephanie Garcia Richard, the New Mexico State Land Office has seen back-to-back years of revenue over $1 billion. Over 13 million acres of state trust land are leased for a variety of uses, including ranching and farming, renewable energy, business development, mineral development, and outdoor recreation. The money earned from leasing activity supports 22 beneficiaries – New Mexico public schools, seven universities and colleges, the School for the Deaf, the School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, three hospitals, water and land conservation projects, and public building construction and repair.

State Land Office Seeks Public Comment and Participation in Virtual Public Meeting for Proposed Cell Tower in West Albuquerque

Stephanie Garcia Richard, Commissioner of Public Lands

State of New Mexico

MEDIA ADVISORY

April 21, 2021           

Contact:

Angie Poss, Assistant Commissioner of Communications

505.470.2965

aposs@slo.state.nm.us

State Land Office Seeks Public Comment and  Participation in Virtual Public Meeting for Proposed Cell Tower in West Albuquerque

SANTA FE, NM – The New Mexico State Land Office is seeking feedback from the public and area residents regarding an application received by the agency from Gravity Pad Partners LLC., for construction of a new cell tower on state trust land.

Business and commercial entities are able to submit applications to the State Land Office for consideration of development proposals on available state trust land. The application in question seeks to build a 100-foot tower on the parcel of state trust land directly west of Tierra Antigua Elementary School on Albuquerque’s West Side.

Interested members of the public are encouraged to review the application details and maps, submit online public comment, and view the details of the virtual public meeting at nmstatelands.org/gravity-pad-west-side.

Public Meeting Details

Who: Commissioner of Public Lands Stephanie Garcia Richard, staff from the New Mexico State Land Office, representatives from Gravity Pad Partners LLC, and members of the public who desire to give feedback

What: Public meeting to hear from residents of Albuquerque’s West Side about a proposed cell tower on state trust land near Tierra Antigua Elementary School

When: Wednesday, April 28th, 2021 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm (MST).

Where: Zoom Webinar – link and call in information available here.


Under the leadership of Commissioner of Public Lands Stephanie Garcia Richard, the New Mexico State Land Office has seen back-to-back years of revenue over $1 billion. Over 13 million acres of state trust land are leased for a variety of uses, including ranching and farming, renewable energy, business development, mineral development, and outdoor recreation. The money earned from leasing activity supports 22 beneficiaries – New Mexico public schools, seven universities and colleges, the School for the Deaf, the School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, three hospitals, water and land conservation projects, and public building construction and repair.

Commissioner Garcia Richard Approves First-Ever Municipal Renewable Energy Utility Leases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 8, 2021

Contact:

Angie Poss, Assistant Commissioner of Communications

505.470.2965

aposs@slo.state.nm.us

Commissioner Garcia Richard Approves First-Ever Municipal Renewable Energy Utility Leases

Solar generation sites part of City of Las Cruces ‘Green Initiative’

SANTA FE, NM – In a first-of-its-kind effort, New Mexico Commissioner of Public Lands Stephanie Garcia Richard today approved four applications for municipal solar energy development from the City of Las Cruces.The applications with the State Land Office (SLO) will serve as a component of the City’s ‘Green Initiative,’ which seeks to put Las Cruces government buildings and public utilities on a path to a renewable energy future. The four leases represent the first time a municipal entity has been approved for renewable energy development for utility generation on state trust land.

The four solar project sites, which will total 2.2 megawatts (MW) of power annually, will be built in conjunction with existing water production leases between the SLO and the City. When completed, solar power generated on the leases will replace existing power to four utility scale water wells serving Las Cruces residents and businesses.

“This is a huge development for New Mexico’s renewable energy future. Our hope is that the leases signed today become a framework for other municipalities as they seek alternatives to either power or provide utilities with clean energy,” Commissioner Garcia Richard said. “In order to meet the demands for more sustainable energy sources and reach the goals set in statute by the Energy Transition Act, New Mexico communities and government entities need to work together on innovative, clean energy solutions – such as this example between the State Land Office and the City of Las Cruces.”

The leases are set to be in place for 25 years, with the City set to pay roughly $20,000 annually to the SLO for the use of 10 acres of state trust land in different areas of Las Cruces. The SLO manages and stewards nearly nine million surface acres and 13 million mineral acres of state trust land. The proceeds of any lease on state trust land directly benefits New Mexico public schools, hospitals, and universities. The City of Las Cruces solar leases will directly benefit New Mexico public schools.

“This project moves us one step closer to an independent resilient system that can utilize clean energy to supply another vital resource, water, through the wells serving our residents. Wise management of both of these systems supports the City and State’s sustainability goals,” said Las Cruces City Councilor Gill Sorg.

“After this success, we hope to work with other municipalities across New Mexico where utilities are situated near or on state trust land to discuss this brand-new model of municipal renewable leasing. It’s an affordable, tangible solution to renewable utility generation that can and should benefit more New Mexico communities,” Commissioner Garcia Richard added. 


Under the leadership of Commissioner of Public Lands Stephanie Garcia Richard, the New Mexico State Land Office has seen back-to-back years of revenue over $1 billion. Over 13 million acres of state trust land are leased for a variety of uses, including ranching and farming, renewable energy, business development, mineral development, and outdoor recreation. The money earned from leasing activity supports 22 beneficiaries – New Mexico public schools, seven universities and colleges, the School for the Deaf, the School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, three hospitals, water and land conservation projects, and public building construction and repair.

April 28, 2021 – Gravity Pad Partners Cell Tower Lease Application | ABQ Westside

The New Mexico State Land Office, in conjunction with lease applicant Gravity Pad Partners, ATT, & FirstNet, will hold a public meeting to gather information from the community regarding the needs for additional cell service in the area adjacent to Tierra Antigua Elementary School.

This project is currently one of thousands received annually by the State Land Office, and approval will be subject to determination of community need and support.

Please mark your calendars for Wednesday, April 28th, 2021 at 6:00 PM for the first public meeting regarding this proposal.


READ THE PROJECT APPLICATION FOR BUSINESS LEASE – 2873

The public meeting will be held on Zoom

Hi there,

You are invited to a Zoom webinar.
When: Apr 28, 2021 06:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)
Topic: Gravity Pad Proposed Cell Tower | Albuquerque Westside

Please click the link below to join the webinar:
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Passcode: 772801
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