New Mexico well owners urged to test water

New Mexico well owners urged to test water

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View of the Syncrude oil sands extraction facility near the town of Fort McMurray in Alberta Province, Canada on October 25, 2009. Greenpeace is calling for an end to oil sands mining in the region due to their greenhouse gas emissions and have recently staged sit-ins which briefly halted production at several mines. At an estimated 175 billion barrels, Alberta's oil sands are the second largest oil reserve in the world behind Saudi Arabia, but they were neglected for years, except by local companies, because of high extraction costs. Since 2000, skyrocketing crude oil prices and improved extraction methods have made exploitation more economical, and have lured several multinational oil companies to mine the sands. AFP PHOTO/Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

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Posted on June 23, 2014 at 12:36 PM

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The oil and gas industry, as well as watchdog groups, are urging New Mexico well owners to get their water quality tested.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/1wnCegK ) the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association launched a campaign last week to convince domestic well owners to voluntarily test their water.

Wally Drangmeister, spokesman for the association, says testing can help prove water quality isn't threatened by drilling and fracking.

Watchdog groups, however, say the testing is needed to help make industry stakeholders accountable.

Thousands of New Mexicans use groundwater from private wells owned by individuals or communities.

Oil and gas producers have set their sights on other areas of the state, leaving some residents worried about potential contamination.

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