SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Texas oil driller has taken the first step toward cleaning up a spill at a waste-water injection well in southeastern New Mexico used by the oil and natural gas industry.
Midland, Texas-based Siana Operations has filed for a remediation permit and is likely to join state officials this week in assessing damage to property outside the town of Eunice overseen by the New Mexico State Land Office.
The state Oil Conservation Division says Siana is complying with an order to temporarily shut off all of its oil and disposal wells until a hearing can be held on possible violations. State records list the company as an operator at 11 drilling locations.
Regulators have accused Siana of causing the spill while trespassing after its lease expired at the disposal site.
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