ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - New Mexico's struggling natural gas industry could get a big boost from Japan.
The massive 2011 earthquake and tsunami devastated Japans' Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.
Japan is now looking for new sources of energy, and natural gas is high on the list.
Next week a Japanese delegation will tour the San Juan basin, which holds one of the nation's biggest natural gas deposits.
But because of low U.S. Gas prices, drilling there is in a slump:
"There's very few rigs right now operating in the San Juan basin in the Farmington area, and it could do an awful lot to increase production, add more drilling rigs and jobs," said Wally Drangmeister of the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association.
There is already a pipeline to get the gas to the West Coast. A plant would have to be built to liquefy it for shipping to Japan.
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