New Mexico Oil and Gas Law: State, Federal and Fee Lands

by | May 19, 2023 | Author | 0 comments

What is your book all about?

My book covers the basics of oil and gas law in New Mexico focusing on land title matters. It traces the history of New Mexico from Spanish colonization, through the Mexican period of governance, to the territorial period and finally into Statehood. The book includes such topics as the mineral estate and the oil and gas lease, community property, descent and distribution (wills and estates), the State Land Office, and the Federal Bureau of Land Management. The book is written in such a way as to be accessible to the layman, but detailed enough for the veteran practitioner.

What inspired you to write the book?

I am an oil and gas attorney practicing in Texas, Louisiana and New Mexico. There are ample secondary sources to aid the oil and gas practitioner in Texas. However, I found no such resources for New Mexico, After asking around, I found there was a great need for the book in a booming industry. New Mexico is part of the prolific Permian Basin and a guide to the laws regulating production there would be most helpful.

What is your target audience for the book?

I wrote the book for landmen and oil and gas title attorneys (land professionals). The idea was to create a primer that any beginner could pick up and immediately begin running title and writing title opinions with.

What do you hope readers could get out from your book?

I want the reader to gain an appreciation for the history of New Mexico and to gain valuable insight into the issues that affect oil and gas production in the State.

What are your future goals/plans for the book?

I plan to update the book in a year or so and include various topics, among them sections on water law, the New Mexico Oil Conservation Division, forced pooling, and the Designated Potash Area.

Something more about yourself.

I am a proud husband and father of a beautiful daughter who loves to read and to fly fish. My favorite book is East of Eden by Steinbeck and I love everything Zen as I am a Zen Buddhist.


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