New Mexico Threats Map

The uses of water, air and land are diverse in New Mexico and will change dramatically with climate change. For caretakers of this sacred trust, this map offers a bird’s eye view of the health of our environment. It documents primarily the energy-related sources of pollution, though in New Mexico other polluting factors are also at work.

On this page you can see a small version of the the New Mexico Threats Map and the legend.  We have also provided pdf versions in three different sizes suitable for printing and viewing. Even the smallest pdf will show you great detail online. Both the 11˝ x 17˝ version and the 8.5˝ x 14˝ version show the Threats Map, the legend and two oil and gas maps (also below). The 8.5˝ x 11˝ version only contains the Threats Map and legend.

The Threats Map is a work in progress and does not cover abatement sites, solid waste facilities, agricultural waste and voluntary remediation sites, among other things. Also, this map shows major water basins only. The version on the site now was revised in early 2016 and includes the WIPP release plume, the methane cloud over the Four Corners area and better information on coal fire plant effects, among other updates. Please view our Reference Page to see reference material for the map.

Other Maps

In addition to the Threats Map, two oil and gas maps showing oil & gas production and the thousands of oil & gas wells in New Mexico are shown below. Neither of these maps shows the 4-Corners methane cloud, but that has been added to the oil & gas map in the two larger pdf versions above. Finally, we’ve included a map of some of the contamination and fires around Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).

2016 Revision NM Threats Map

NM Threats Map Legend


Oil and Gas Maps

Coal, Oil & Natural Gas

Source: New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources


Oil and Gas Wells

Map showing thousands of oil and gas wells in New Mexico, active and plugged.


Map of Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL)

Hazards at LANL

Map of Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) showing the Las Conchas Fire and other hazards


For more information, references and credits on the maps, visit the Map References, and Useful Links pages. Also, please visit:



We are grateful for the generous support of the Mercy sisters – Northeast Community for these maps and this website.

Maps created by Deborah Reade Design


Maps — 4 Comments

  1. Thank you for these eye opening reports. I had no idea of any of this. I have family that’s lived in these areas for generations. My father and his family suffered the health consequences. It’s was always a mystery but we assumed it was linked some how.

    • We don’t sell the NM Threats Map, but you can download and print the map by going to the Maps Page and downloading a pdf of the map in one of three sizes.

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