State prepares for Carlsbad Brine Well work resumption

With $18 million secured from the State of New Mexico, City of Carlsbad and Eddy County the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department (ENMRD) hoped to resume operations at the Carlsbad Brine Well sometime this month.

Work at the Brine Well Remediation site south of Carlsbad was suspended in July 2020 after it was projected that available funds were insufficient to complete the project, ENMRD stated in a news release.

“This was because a significant portion of the cavern had failed more than 20 years ago resulting in a large void beneath the northern part of the site extending under U.S. Highway 285 as well as posing a threat to groundwater in the area,” the release cited.

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