State Land Office sues Texas oil company

LEA COUNTY, N.M. (KRQE) – The State Land Office is suing a Texas oil company saying it has polluted public land.

Siana Operating of Midland was given a permit to drill for oil on state trust land in Lea County, but investigators say the company left behind huge pools of oil left to seep in the ground.

The State Land Commissioner says the company kept operating after the lease expired.

The agency says it is owed $284,000 in fees and cleanup costs.

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