Over the past four years, producers have applied for more than 10,000 permits to drill for oil and gas on federal land in New Mexico. Recent data provided to Capital & Main by the US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) shows that Applications for Permit to Drill slowly rose quarter by quarter from 2017 through the start of 2020, then more than doubled in the last half of the year.
And just a few companies are behind the jump.
“We’ve already locked in decades of warming and catastrophic climate change,” says Jesse Prentice-Dunn, policy director at the Center for Western Priorities. “And when these permits are drilled, we’re locking in decades more of it.”
He calls the number of permits “pretty much an all-time high.”