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New Mexico says oil company trespassed, left spill

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico regulators are ordering a Midland, Texas-based company to clean a spill of oil and water on state trust lands in Lea County at a waste-water injection site serving the area’s oil and natural gas industry.

The State Land Office on Wednesday accused Texas-based Siana Operating LLC of trespassing under an expired lease of state trust lands in southeastern New Mexico and delivered a cease and desist order. The agency says Siana’s lease expired in December 2011 for the skim facility that separates oil from excess water delivered from oil and gas drilling operations.

A Siana representative says the company was aware of the order and is considering its response. The State Land Office has given Siana until march 18 to obtain an entry permit to remediate damage.

In related news, New Mexico court ruling revives lawsuit against oil company.

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