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.