The primary purpose of this report is to present an independent evaluation of the oil and natural gas potential of Sandoval County. The need for this evaluation was triggered by an application to drill an oil exploration well in the Rio Rancho area that would have targeted the Upper Cretaceous Mancos Shale.

Although oil and natural gas have been produced from the northwestern part of the county since the 1950’s, the proposed well, if successful, would result in the first oil production from the southern part of the county and more specifically, from the Albuquerque Basin.

The Assessment

Assessment Appendices

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