CARLSBAD, N.M. (KRQE) – A bill to remediate a giant sinkhole near Carlsbad before disaster strikes is headed to the Senate.
Experts warn that a collapse of the salt well cavern in the middle of town could result in over $1 billion in damages to Carlsbad and the surrounding area.
A House Bill introduced by Republican Rep. Cathrynn Brown passed on a bipartisan 66-3 vote Wednesday.
The legislation would create a Carlsbad Brine Well Remediation Authority to oversee cleanup. It would also create a fund to fill the cavern.