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New Mexico to require details of water for oil well drilling

Added 11-29-20 05:03:02pm EST - “New Mexico oil and gas operators will be required to report the amount and quality of water used to drill wells, officials said.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “New Mexico to require details of water for oil well drilling”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico oil and gas operators will be required to report the amount and quality of water used to drill wells, officials said.

The data collection is an attempt by state agencies to scrutinize water use across New Mexico’s economic sectors, the Albuquerque Journal reported Saturday.

Adrienne Sandoval, director of the Oil Conservation Division of the state Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department, said the reports will help fill a data gap for industry water use.

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