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New Mexico oil field regulators present spill allegations

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico oil field regulators are providing evidence that a Texas-based driller spilled oily salt water repeatedly at waste-water injections sites without properly reporting it, and ignored initial warnings to stop.

The New Mexico Oil Conservation Division on Thursday provided testimony, photographs and a video at public hearing to back up allegations that Siana Operating of Midland, Texas, failed to report spills of contaminated water. The spill took place at a cluster of wells outside Eunice in the southeastern corner of New Mexico.

A newly hired attorney for Siana asked for more time to respond and was given two weeks until another hearing.

A violation finding from the adjudicatory panel would give enforcement officials authority to ensure compliance or declare wells abandoned, plug them and access security bonds.

In related news, Regulators allow ExxonMobil to restart refinery in Torrance.

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