2019 SB 186 Oil Conservation Division Powers & Duties

CVNM Position:
CVNM Priority Vote
Richard C. Martinez
Matthew McQueen
Air Quality
Legislative Info:
SB 186 on nmlegis.gov »


SB 186 would have allowed the Oil Conservation Division to, when responding to a violation of the Oil & Gas Act, issue a compliance order requiring compliance immediately or within a specified time period or assessing a civil penalty, or both. A compliance order may have also included a suspension or termination of the permit allegedly violated. It specified higher civil penalties for violation of the Act and specified penalties for the violation of a compliance order. It specified that a person knowingly violating the Act has committed a third degree felony. It further required the Oil Conservation Division to report on the number of violations annually.


SB 186 died on the Senate Finance Committee calendar. However, its language and the policies it created were inserted into a House bill, which CVNM did not take a position on, and that bill passed both the House and Senate.

How Legislators Voted on SB 186

  • = Pro Conservation Vote
  • = Anti Conservation Vote
  • A = Absent
  • E = Excused
  • R = Recused
  • W = Abstain
Legislator Party District Office Conservation
Baca, Gregory A. (R) R 29 Senator 2019
Cervantes, Joseph (D) D 31 Senator 2019
Griggs, Ron (R) R 34 Senator 2019
Ivey-Soto, Daniel A. (D) D 15 Senator E 2019
Lopez, Linda M. (D) D 11 Senator 2019
Martinez, Richard C. (D) D 5 Senator 2019
McQueen, Matthew (D) D 50 Representative 2019
Moores, Mark (R) R 21 Senator 2019
O'Neill, Bill B. (D) D 13 Senator 2019
Payne, William H. (R) R 20 Senator 2019
Sedillo Lopez, Antoinette (D) D 16 Senator 2019
Soules, William P. (D) D 37 Senator 2019
Stefanics, Elizabeth "Liz" (D) D 39 Senator 2019
Stewart, Mimi (D) D 17 Senator 2019
Wirth, Peter (D) D 25 Senator 2019
Woods, Pat (R) R 7 Senator 2019