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The graphs on the left show the rate of growth compared to the earliest year for which we have data -- in most cases 2003. The gray lines represent a theoretical constant annual rate of change. The bar charts on the right show the actual values for each year we have data. For example, in 2011, New Mexico had 1,282 new wells drilled.

12 enforcement staff for 56,377 wells in 2011
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Wells Drilled: Change Since 2003

Wells Drilled

2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
1,656
1656.0
1,821
1821.0
2,002
2002.0
2,019
2019.0
1,715
1715.0
1,557
1557.0
967
967.0
1,174
1174.0
1,282
1282.0

Enforcement Actions: Change Since 2010

Enforcement Actions

2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
No Data. No Data. No Data. No Data. No Data. No Data. No Data. 475
475.0
269
269.0

Oil And Gas Enforcement Staff: Change Since 2010

Oil And Gas Enforcement Staff

2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
No Data. No Data. No Data. No Data. No Data. No Data. No Data. 14
14.0
12
12.0

Oil And Gas Department Budget: Change Since 2003

Oil And Gas Department Budget

2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
$6.69M
6693100.0
$10.1M
10053300.0
$8.53M
8527800.0
$7.62M
7616500.0
$11.1M
11136800.0
$8.98M
8976100.0
$8.56M
8556100.0
$11.7M
11700000.0
$9.2M
9200000.0

Total Wells: Change Since 2004

Total Wells

2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
No Data. 64.6K
64587.0
47.9K
47899.0
49.2K
49161.0
47.2K
47196.0
47.7K
47706.0
52K
51968.0
55.7K
55695.0
56.4K
56377.0

Notes: Data are for the calendar year. Wells drilled are defined as wells spud, or started. Enforcement actions include letters of violation, letters issued and notices of violations. Enforcement staff is the number of inspectors. Total wells are defined as the number of active oil and gas wells. Counts for 2009, 2010 and 2011 are from the Oil Conservation Division's website.

BLM Data

In New Mexico, much of the oil and gas drilling takes place on land that is federally regulated, which can include national parks or Native American reservations. Data provided by the Bureau of Land Management represents wells drilled on that land.

102 enforcement staff for 36,977 wells in 2011

Wells Drilled: Change Since 2003

Wells Drilled

2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
1,294
1294.0
1,450
1450.0
1,444
1444.0
1,572
1572.0
1,353
1353.0
1,280
1280.0
950
950.0
742
742.0
899
899.0

Enforcement Actions: Change Since 2003

Enforcement Actions

2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
2,841
2841.0
3,394
3394.0
1,131
1131.0
705
705.0
1,279
1279.0
760
760.0
1,181
1181.0
635
635.0
1,161
1161.0

Oil And Gas Enforcement Staff: Change Since 2003

Oil And Gas Enforcement Staff

2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
80
80.0
87
87.0
86
86.0
90
90.0
84
84.0
98
98.0
93
93.0
97
97.0
102
102.0

Oil And Gas Department Budget: Change Since 2003

Oil And Gas Department Budget

2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
$16.1M
16063000.0
$18.2M
18187000.0
$18.1M
18051000.0
$23.7M
23686000.0
$27.1M
27148000.0
$32.9M
32855000.0
$30.8M
30804000.0
$28.9M
28898000.0
$30.5M
30517000.0

Total Wells: Change Since 2003

Total Wells

2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
29.8K
29750.0
29.9K
29924.0
30.2K
30209.0
31.8K
31846.0
32.7K
32694.0
33.5K
33523.0
33.3K
33325.0
36.7K
36724.0
37K
36977.0

Notes: Data are for federal and Indian wells in New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas. All numbers, except for enforcement staff, are for the calendar year. Enforcement actions are only written incidents of non-compliance and do not include verbal orders. Enforcement staff includes the following positions: Petroleum Engineering Technician, Production Accountability Technician, Natural Resource Specialist and Environmental Protection Specialist. Total wells do not include wells that have been plugged and abandoned.