The Aquifer when fracked

The Aquifer when fracked

Thursday, February 25, 2016

This is an email from the Oil and Gas Association  regarding drilling in Sandoval County and the Next County Commission meeting March 23, 2016 

Don't think for one minute that this is going to stop until theses well speculations are stopped at our expense.

March 23rd next p7Z Meeting on Stopping Fracking and OIl Drilling in the ABQ Basin. 

It is interesting that Manatt's company, Thrust Research developed the prospect for SandRidge.  It is also interesting that this was never disclosed to the public even though  about details on the drilling for their exploratory well from the SandRidge company.  Other than the well was to  be a vertical well county Planners never responded to questions. They could have easily talked about the plans being made by this secret team of Thrust Research and government funded scientists from Los Alamos and Sandia Labs. Interesting that we have a "secret" team of government scientists involved in a project that is willing to commit subterfuge to do their experiments in our community, deceiving the citizens of the community! This information could have been disclosed to the public if the process had actually worked.  We now need to engage in the meeting on this subject on March 23rd  UNM Lab Driven 

From: Jim Manatt <>
Sent: Wednesday, February 24, 2016 9:55 AM
Subject: Re: Sandoval County P&Z Exploratory Well Zoning Permit

Sandridge informed us of their decision to withdraw their permit request from Sandoval County yesterday afternoon.  We are, of course, disappointed and disheartened by this decision.  It is a sad day for Rio Rancho, Sandoval County, the State of New Mexico, our school children, jobs and economic development.

Fortunately, our leases have long terms and are renewable.  We will evaluate the situation, regroup, listen to input, and respond accordingly.  As positive thinkers, we will see if the Phoenix can be raised from the ashes.

I hope that you will be willing to express positive views on the future potential of the project for all of New Mexico.

On 2/22/2016 8:51 PM, Jim Manatt wrote:
Dear Fellow Earth Science Professional:

As you may have seen in the news recently, Sandridge Energy is planning to drill an exploratory test some 6-8 miles northwest of Rio Rancho, testing primarily for Mancos Shale and underlying objectives.  The well has been approved and permitted by our State's regulatory authority the New Mexico Oil Conservation Division (OCD).  A special use zoning permit has been requested of the Sandoval P&Z Commission, required on fee minerals.

My company developed the prospect.  The scientific team who worked on this project included several 35-year geologists and geophysicists, including a published, peer-reviewed PhD geological/geophysical expert on the basin.  I speak only for myself and my team. The exploratory test is an important scientific investigation to confirm the strong probability of commercial hydrocarbons in the ABQ Basin using modern drilling and completion methods.  The well has been permitted as a vertical test, to include state-of-the-art to coring, downhole imaging, petrophyscial, geochemical and log analysis of the intervals of interest, essentially an "assay" of the petroleum system for future development.  If successful, the prospect of bringing a third basin into production in New Mexico is profoundly valuable to the school children, grandchildren and people of New Mexico with a major positive impact on our State's Permanent Funds, educational and infrastructure improvement funding.  We are a resource state.

All reasonable parties expect that a responsible future development program would be carefully discussed, planned, permitted, regulated and supervised by scientific and engineering experts within the regulatory authority at OCD, and approved by all stakeholders including the county in a reasonable and responsible manner based upon the knowledge gained by the Sandridge test.  At this moment, a vocal opposition group is apparently unwilling to consider even a responsible exploratory test, much less a future development program, in spite of the fact that Sandoval County is a producing county with some 1,600 oil & gas wells in existence, about 700 in current production.  These include approximately some 70 new lateral wells drilled in the Mancos in the northwestern part of Sandoval county by Encana and WPX Energy, with excellent results.  The currently proposed vertical exploratory test will confirm the extension and existence of an economic petroleum system into this area.

A recent Op Ed I wrote for the Rio Rancho Observer is attached if you would like further information, particularly economic impact and contributions.  If you care to be heard at the Sandoval County P&Z Commission considering this project, the next meeting is at 6 PMWednesday, March 23, 2016 at the Sandoval County Administrative Building, 1500 Idalia Rd, Building D, Bernalillo, NM 87004.  I hope that if you are in agreement that a single test is a worthy scientific investigation, you will attend and speak.

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