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Work on Carlsbad Brine Well underway

Faith Egbuonu
December 14, 2018 06:42 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- The Brine Well in Carlsbad has been an issue for years, and now the process to get it fixed is underway.

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"This is really a joint effort in getting this funding in place to do this project. It's critical to this community," Said John Heaton, the city's designee for the Brine Well Authority. 

Heaton is thankful the city, county and state came together to start the process of fixing the abandoned brine well.

There may be some challenges, but Heaton believes the engineers will get the job done. 

"That has always been the question, is being able to do this, and do it effectively, without the overburden collapsing into the sinkhole. I think the engineering studies indicate that they can do this," Heaton said.

In 2018, the legislature agreed to appropriate money to apply to the brine well.

"The legislature agreed to put in significant funding. We needed at least $43 million to, we think, take care of remediation," said Cathrynn Brown, state representative for District 55.

Brown said their main concern is underground since there's not much to see on the surface. The plan is to prevent the brine well from becoming a potential sinkhole.

 An engineering study was conducted to help the contractor prepare the work needed for the brine well.

"They have that approved now by the State Energy Minerals and Natural Resources Department, and now, it's just a matter of getting started on the work," Brown said.

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