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New Mexico weighs new authority for oilfield regulators


February 22, 2019

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Oilfield regulators would recover the authority to directly levy civil fines against well operators who fail to properly maintain equipment or spill waste under legislation backed by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.

The bill from Democratic state Sen. Richard Martinez of Espanola advanced out of its first legislative committee on Thursday over opposition from Republicans.

The collection of fines against oilfield operators has ground to a near halt in the aftermath of a 2009 state Supreme Court decision that required the involvement of state prosecutors to assess penaltie...

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