State settles with oil company over wastewater dumping

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – New Mexico has settled with a natural gas and oil company after it dumped wastewater on two northern New Mexico roads.

The state came to the agreement with Enterprise Products Operating LLC to settle for $500,000 on Thursday for the improper disposal in Santa Fe and Lea counties in 2013 and 2014.

The New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department says 300,000 will go to educating workers to help prevent any more disposal violations. It says $195,000 will go to the state’s general fund.

Enterprise workers discharged around 330,000 gallons of hydrostatic test water on Santa Fe County Road 57A instead of on private property as required. Another 300,000 gallons were dumped on Monsanto Road in Lea County, which wasn’t reported for months.

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