Officials: Monitors to give ‘warning’ on Carlsbad well

New Mexico
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New Mexico officials say updated monitoring devices will be able to provide advanced warning if a defunct brine well on the edge of Carlsbad begins to collapse.

The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports equipment was included in initial spending that was earmarked for remediation of the potentially hazardous site.

Jim Griswold, environmental bureau chief with the New Mexico Oil Conservation Division, says 10 percent of $45 million went to the final design of the project and upgrades to monitoring equipment at the site.

Griswold says officials hope the monitoring devices will help give early warnings and save lives in the event of a collapse.

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