New Mexico
Environment Department

Contact Information:
(505) 827-2855 MAIN // 1-800-219-6157 (toll free)
Environmental Emergencies:
505-827-9329 (24 hrs)

New Mexico Methane Strategy

Methane Advisory Panel

Following public stakeholder meetings, the New Mexico Environment Department and the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department are kicking off our Methane Advisory Panel (MAP) meetings to dive into technical issues related to capturing methane. The MAP process will yield a technical background document related to specific oil and natural gas equipment and processes for consideration moving forward with an enforceable methane regulatory strategy.

Methane Advisory Panel draft technical report 

The MAP draft technical report is posted below. The report is open for public review and comment through Feb. 20, 2020. Comments may be submitted to or mailed to: 1190 St. Francis Dr., Santa Fe, NM 87505, Attn: Sandra Ely.

The topic reports reflect the diversity of perspectives of MAP members and are not consensus reports. MAP members were encouraged to provide a variety of perspectives on these complex topics.

Methane Advisory Panel Draft Technical Report – December 19, 2019

Technical presentations

Sept. 12-13, 2019 Natural Gas Dehydration Units
Presented by Melanie Roberts, Targa
Sept. 26, 2019 Compressors and engines
Presented by John Admire,
DCP MidstreamCompressor Seal Emissions: Opportunities for Mitigation
Presented by David McCabe, Clean Air Task Force
Sept. 27, 2019 Flaring and Venting Statistics, by District
Presented by Robert Balch and Martha Cather,
Petroleum Recovery Research Center, New Mexico TechPneumatic Controllers and Pumps
Presented by Adam Pacsi, ChevronPneumatic Equipment: Opportunities for Mitigation
Presented by David McCabe, Clean Air Task Force
Oct. 11, 2019 High Pressure Casinghead Gas Flaring
Presented by David Greaves, XTOVenting and Flaring of Associated Gas
Presented by Alexandra Teitz, AT Strategies, LLC
Oct. 24, 2019 Separators/Heaters/Storage Tanks: Upstream Design Considerations for Emissions
Presented by Joe Leonard, Devon Energy
Oct. 25, 2019 Enhanced Vapor Recovery | Enhanced Vapor Recovery supplemental information
Presented by Peter Mueller, EcoVapor Recovery Systems
Nov. 21, 2019 Flaring and Venting Maps
Presented by Robert Balch and Martha Cather, Petroleum Recovery Research Center, New Mexico Tech


Methane Advisory Panel Members

Member Name


1. Vanessa Ryan Chevron
2. Mike Smith Devon
3. Robert Eales EOG
4. Kerry Harpole Marathon Oil
5. Dennis Newman Oxy
6. Karen Pratt XTO
7. Milind Bhatte ConocoPhillips
8.Matt Eales Lucid
9. Jason Sandel Aztec Well Service
10. Scott Lindsay DJR
11. Tim Friesanhahn Enduring Resources
12. Paul Thompson Epic Energy
13. John Maxey Hanson Operating
14. Matt Henderson Hilcorp Energy
15. Ryan Davis Merrion Oil and Gas Corp.
16. Zach Lacount Mewbourne Oil
17. Ernie Johnson Whiptail Midstream
18. Tom Singer Western Environmental Law Center
19. Elizabeth Paranhos Environmental Defense Fund
20. David Baake Sierra Club
21. Charlie de Saillan New Mexico Environmental Law Center
22. Bruce Baizel Earthworks
23. Gabe Pacyniak Center for Civic Policy
24. Mike Eisenfeld San Juan Citizens Alliance
25. Mario Atencio Chaco Canyon Coalition
26. Donna House Bio-cultural diversity/Healthy indigenous communities advocate


27. Don Schreiber Rancher/ Environmental advocate

MAP meeting attendance

Team Leads

Sandra Ely

Environmental Protection Division Director

New Mexico Environment Department

1190 St. Francis Drive

PO Box 5469

Santa Fe, New Mexico

(505)827- 2820 Office

(505)629-6307 Cell

Adrienne Sandoval

Oil Conservation Division Director

1220 S. St. Francis Dr.

Santa Fe, NM 87505





Liz Bisbey-Kuehn

Bureau Chief

New Mexico Environment Department

Air Quality Bureau

525 Camino de los Marquez, Suite 1

Santa Fe, NM 87505-1816

Office: (505) 476-4305

Cell: (505) 670-9279

Julia Barnes


200 West De Vargas, Suite 2

Santa Fe, NM 87501

505 470-7349






Expert technical support

Dr. Robert Balsch

New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology



David Oonk

Doctoral Candidate,
University of Colorado


Dr. Manvendra Dubey

Los Alamos National Labs

(Support provided to the office of facilitator Julia Barnes)