Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Group claims weak standard in waste pit rule appeal

"New Mexico's revamped pit rule for oil and gas waste faces yet another appeal.

The New Mexico Environmental Law Center is appealing in state District Court, claiming the New Mexico Oil Conservation Commission weakened its original rule by allowing a higher level of chloride in waste pits.

The commission approved a new rule, which went into effect in June, intended to safeguard groundwater supplies from thousands of oil waste pits dotting northwestern and Southern New Mexico.

Until the chloride standard was changed, the law center thought the state rule had "vastly improved the regulation of waste pits used by the oil and gas industry, and was one of the nation's better rules protecting water, soil and public health from toxic levels of dangerous chemicals found in oil field waste."' More>>>>

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