Submit Written Public Comment

Written public comment should be submitted via email to:

If you do not have access to email and wish to submit a paper letter for your written comment, please mail to:

Sandoval County
Public Information Office
Attn: Oil, Gas & Water Public Comment
P.O. Box 40
Bernalillo, NM 87004

*Written public comment will be uploaded to this web page weekly on Fridays. All public comment submitted, in writing or presented verbally at a public meeting,  becomes public record and is subject to release per the New Mexico Inspection of Public Records Act.


Oil, Gas & Water Matter Background

At this time, Sandoval County is considering the creation of an ordinance that would create regulations for the operation of the Oil and Gas industry in Sandoval County.

A Citizen’s Working Group has been acknowledged as they draft an ordinance for consideration by the Planning and Zoning Commission. Once considered by the Planning and Zoning Commission, a proposed ordinance would go before the Sandoval County Board of County Commissioners for further consideration. The County Commission would need to pass the ordinance for it to become law. If an ordinance is passed, it would be the first of its kind in Sandoval County.

Meeting Dates Where Oil, Gas & Water Topic Was Discussed

The following meeting dates contain discussions related to Oil, Gas and Water.
*Please note that this list will begin with June 26, 2018, which is the first date of a discussion related to the newest process for this matter.

  • June 26, 2018 – Planning & Zoning Commission
  • July 12, 2018 – County Commission
  • July 26, 2018 – County Commission (Public Comment Resolution)
  • July 31, 2018 – Planning & Zoning Commission
  • August 14, 2018 – Planning & Zoning Commission
  • August 23, 2018 – County Commission (Limited oral public comment was taken)
  • August 28, 2018 – Planning & Zoning Commission
  • September 10, 2018 – Planning & Zoning Commission
    • SEPT. 10 PLANNING & ZONING MEETING CANCELLATION: The Planning and Zoning Commission meeting scheduled for Monday, Sept. 10 has been cancelled. All items on the agenda will be rescheduled and heard at the September 25 Planning & Zoning Commission Meeting. 
  • September 25, 2018 – Planning & Zoning Commission
  • October 4, 2018 – County Commission (Meeting schedule discussion only)
  • October 18, 2018 – County Commission
  • November 1, 2018 – County Commission (Oil and gas discussion scheduled; No oral public comment will be taken)

Tentative Schedule for the County Commission Related to Oil & Gas

As discussed by the County Commission at the Oct. 4, 2018 commission meeting, the following is a tentative schedule of events related to the Oil, Gas & Water Matter.* All of these meetings will start at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted and will be held in the County Commission Chambers located on the 3rd floor of the County Administration building at 1500 Idalia Rd, Bernalillo, NM 87004:

  • November 1 – County Commission Meeting (Oil and gas discussion on the agenda; possible vote to post an ordinance for final action on Nov. 29; No oral public comment will be taken)
  • November 8 – County Commission Meeting (No oil and gas on the agenda; Regular agenda items only)
  • November 15 – No County Commission Meeting – MEETING CANCELLED
  • November 29 – County Commission Meeting (Oil and gas on the agenda for discussion and possible vote on final ordinance; Oral public comment on Oil and Gas will be taken)
  • December 13 – County Commission Meeting (Oil and gas discussion and final vote if not taken at 11/29/18 meeting)

*Please note that this schedule is tentative and subject to change. Changes will be posted to this web page as they become available.

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