Carl Chavez 505-476-3491(firstname.lastname@example.org)Oil Conservation DivisionEnvironmental BureauEnergy, Minerals & Natural Resources Department Photos Courtesy of Geothermal Education Office
Water Temp > 250 F OCD Water Temp < 250 F NMED
OCD Geothermal Regulations Chapter 71: Energy & Minerals Article 5: Geothermal Resources Conservation Act “Chapter 71, Article 5 NMSA 1978” Title 19: Natural Resources & Wildlife Chapter 14: Geothermal Power “Title19, Chapter 14 NMAC 1983” Recompiled 12/31/01
OCD was delegated authority by the EPA over its UIC Program for Class II UIC Wells on February 5, 1982 under §1425 47FR5412. The OCD was later delegated authority by the EPA over its UIC Program for Class I, III, IV and V (Geosequestration & Geothermal) UIC Wells on July 11, 1983 under §1422 48FR31640.
The OCD was delegated authority by the Water Quality Control Commission (WQCC) over its State UIC Program (18.104.22.16800-5299 NMAC) on July 21, 1989. 1. General Provisions. As a gen. rule, OCD will admin. & enforce applic. Com. regulations pertain. to surface & GW dischgs. at oil & natl. gas prod. sites, oil refineries, natl. gas proces. plants, geothermal installations, carbon dioxide facilities, natl. gas transmis. lines, & dischgs. assoc. w/ the activities of the oil field service industry.
Title 20 Environmental Protection Chapter 6 Water Quality Part 4 Standards for Interstate & Intrastate Surface Waters 20.6.4 NMAC Effective: 7/17/05 Title 20 Environmental Protection Chapter 6 Water Quality Part 2 Ground & Surface Water Protection 20.6.2 NMAC Effective: 7/16/06
OCD Regulations 22.214.171.1241 Notice of Intent to Discharge to OCD (Discharge Permit Application) 126.96.36.19908 Public Notice 188.8.131.5214 Fees ($100 filing fee + $1700/5 yrs.) 184.108.40.20602 (B5b) UIC Well Classification (EPA: UIC Class V) Class V (geothermal energy for heating, aquaculture & production of electrical power)
OCD Regulations 220.127.116.1103 Notification & General Operating Requirements for all UIC Wells 18.104.22.16801(D) states 3105 (Exemptions From Discharge Permits) apply to Geothermal Wells 22.214.171.12402(B1b) Geothermal Well Plans, Specs, documents shall be filed w/ OCD.
Status of Geothermal Projects in New Mexico Historical Geothermal Well Drilling conducted throughout New Mexico NM Bureau of Mines (Socorro) Geothermal Resources of New Mexico – A Survey of Work to Date (Open-File Report 73) March, 1977 Studies throughout NM & in progress today NMSU (Direct Heat for University) Los Alamos National Laboratory Geothermal Companies: Lightening Dock Geothermal Binary Cycle Power Plant in NM (Application 4/08)