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New Mexico

New Mexico's long instilled history of natural gas drilling and exploration has played a huge role in fueling the state's economy for decades. The natural gas industry is the state's largest civilian employer as well as the leading educational supporter. In addition, the industry provides New Mexico schools, roads and public facilities with more than $2.5 billion in funding each year.

Ten of New Mexico's counties currently produce oil and/or natural gas: Chaves, Eddy, Lea, Roosevelt and Quay in the southeast, and McKinley, Rio, Arriba, San Juan and Sandoval in the northwest and Colfax in the northeast. On the supply side, pipelines  now exceed the combined mileage of New Mexico's railroads and highway, stretching more than 25,000 miles.

Headwaters Economics Report


Report: New Mexico’s Oil and Natural Gas Industry

This report uses graphical analysis to offer a snapshot of New Mexico’s oil and natural gas industry, its direction, and implications for the state’s economy. Click here to view or download complete publication.

  • Eddy County, NM

    Eddy County, located over the San Juan Basin in Southeastern New Mexico, is a vital component to the production of
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  • Lea County, NM

    Lea County, located in the southeastern corner of New Mexico, is home to the single most important oil discovery in
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  • San Juan County, NM

    San Juan County lies over the San Juan Basin in Northwestern New Mexico. Natural gas drilling and production have revitalized
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