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New Mexico Geothermal Drilling & Well Development(5-NM)

Developers must obtain approval from the Oil Conservation Division of the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department prior to commencement of drilling operations in New Mexico. Any proposed well for geothermal production, observation, or thermal gradient, or for injection or disposal purposes requires a Permit to Drill. NMAC 19.14.21.8. The permitting process is detailed and requires submittal of three separate documents and a plugging bond with the Application for Permit to Drill. NMAC 19.14.21.

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Determine Which State and Federal Permits Apply

Use this overview flowchart and following steps to learn which federal and state permits apply to your projects.

Permitting at a Glance

New Mexico Federal

Drilling & Well Field Permit Agency: New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department Bureau of Land Management
Drilling & Well Field Permit: Permit to Drill Geothermal Drilling Permit (Form 3260-002)

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