Regional
9:32 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Lea County Puts Out Reward On 'Water Dumpers'

Officials in Lea County want residents to help catch an oilfield company they say is dumping produced water on the side of the county roads.

The Hobbs News-Sun reports that the Lea County Soil and Water Conservation District announced last week it will give out a $1,000 reward for information on the water dumpers.

Produced water is a term used in the oil industry to describe water that is produced as a byproduct along with the oil and gas.

Lea County Soil and Water Conservation District President John Norris says the company is dumping the water late at night all over the county. He says the Oil Conservation Division doesn't have enough people to police it.

Norris says the produced water could contaminate water supplies through runoff or leeching.

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Information from: Hobbs News-Sun. 

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