New Mexico settles with Texas well operator

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – New Mexico oilfield regulators have reached a settlement agreement with a Texas well operator in response to spills of oily salt water at the company’s waste-water injection sites and oil wells.

The New Mexico Oil Conservation Division confirmed Tuesday the agreement with Siana Operating of Midland, Texas, that outlines a timeline for cleaning up the spills at two clusters of wells outside Eunice in the southeastern corner of New Mexico. Siana also would pay a penalty of $19,000 over the course of a year and could resume operations if all terms are met.

Separately, the State Land Office continues to pursue a lawsuit seeking compensation from Siana on accusations the company spilled waste at a well site on state trust lands where it had stopped making lease payments years ago. 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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