During a field hearing held on Tuesday in Durango, CO by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), New Mexico Oil and Gas Association President Stephen Henke got the facts wrong on oil and gas production in the U.S.—a concerning behavior coming from someone who’s inserted himself in a debate that will have a big impact on the future of New Mexico.
The BLM hearing dealt with updates to decades-old rules about measurement and safety of oil and gas production on federal public lands. Yet Mr. Henke reported production statistics that took into account both onshore and offshore oil and gas production. That doesn’t really make sense—it’s misleading, and it’s inaccurate when talking about the impact of the rules on public lands and producers. Here’s why:
All this comes as Texas-based advocates are ramping up their efforts to upend movements to create responsible reforms in the New Mexico oil and gas industry. Half-truths like the ones Mr. Henke are a sign that these efforts should be met with a healthy dose of skepticism.