September 2021, Vol. 248, No. 9


Western Basins Staying Alive in New Mexico, Colorado

By Richard Nemec, Contributing Editor   New Mexico covets its long-held tourist designation as the “land of enchantment” from its more pastural days, but more than tourism, oil and natural gas dominate its economy today.    With its portion of the rich Permian Basin booming, the state is about to overtake North Dakota (Bakken Shale) as the nation’s second largest oil producing state, flowing more than 1.1 MMbpd. Somewhat forgotten to the north and west is the San Juan Basin with a 100-year history for oil and mostly natural gas production that historically helped support the far West population boom post-World War II.   Straddling the border with Colorado in part

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