OIL & GAS
Discovered in 1928, oil and gas have been staples of Lea County’s economy for almost 100 years. Located right in the Permian Basin and the Delaware Basin oilfield, Lea County is part of the most prolific oilfields in the country.
A 2007 study of undiscovered petroleum resources in the Permian Basin Province was conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey, which estimated that there is a mean of 41 trillion cubic feet of undiscovered natural gas and a mean of 1.3 billion barrels of undiscovered oil.
Local community leaders understand and support the development of new exploration and petroleum services in the EnergyPlex.
Lea County is the 3rd highest producing-county of oil in United States, behind only Weld County, CO and Mackenzie County, ND.
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LEA COUNTY IS THE #1 OIL-PRODUCING COUNTY IN NEW MEXICO AND THE #1 OIL-PRODUCING COUNTY IN THE WHOLE PERMIAN BASIN!
RIGS IN LEA COUNTY
Largest Companies Operating in Lea County
- EOG Resources
- XTO Energy
- Conoco Philips
EDCLC MEMBER COMPANIES
- EOG Resources
- Occidental Petroluem
- Me-Tex Oil & Gas
- McVay Drilling
- Richard’s Energy Compression
- XTO Energy
New Mexico Junior College provides workforce training for many oil and gas positions, and they also offer customizable programs for companies needing specific training. Some of the programs NMJC offers include:
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- Oil & Gas Training, Chemical Plant Operator, Oil Refinery Operator, Natural Gas Plant Operator, Power Plant Operator, and more.
Lea County is dedicated to creating affordable housing, both for temporary and permanent residents. Hobbs has over 2,000 apartment units and many new single-family homes, with more under construction. Hobbs does not allow man camps.
Jal and Lovington allow the use of man camps and both are in the process of adding more housing. Visit our housing page to learn more about housing in Lea County!