Sinkhole worries Carlsbad residents

Sinkhole worries Carlsbad residents

CARLSBAD, N.M. (KRQE) – The WIPP leak isn’t the only issue causing concern for people in Carlsbad.

A giant sinkhole is threatening to swallow up a big chunk of town.

But engineers may be close to a solution.

The Albuquerque engineering firm, AMEC, has come up with five scenarios to deal with the 190-foot deep, man-made, salt-well cavern.

The firm tells the Carlsbad Current-Argus, options include filling in the cavern or keeping an eye on it to make sure it doesn’t take over the town, which could take years.

Right now, the sinkhole measures 670 feet long by 450 feet wide.

It was created by 30 years of oil field companies pumping water into old salt mines in the area to extract brine for drilling.

The full study will be released in June. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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