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The Line: Proposal Accepted for New Nuclear Waste Repository

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July 12, 2019 – The Carlsbad City Council has unanimously approved a resolution supporting a nuclear waste facility near the Eddy-Lea county border. The governor, the New Mexico land commissioner and the state’s congressional delegation are opposed, particularly when considering the use of fracking in the same region. Supporters say the repository, proposed by Holtec International, will generate jobs and revenue – and nuclear waste has to be stored somewhere.  But both the Holtec site and WIPP (Waste Isolation Pilot Plant) are close to the Permian Basin and fracking operations. With evidence that fracking causes earthquakes, is this a recipe for disaster?  Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists look at the balancing act between economic opportunity and environmental impact.

Line Panelists:
Merritt Allen, Vox Optima LLC
Stephanie Maez, ProgressNow New Mexico
Kristelle Siarza, Siarza Social Digital
Harry Van Buren, UNM Anderson School of Management

For Further Reading:

New Mexico State Land Office: Holtec mislead federal government on nuclear waste site near CarlsbadCarlsbad Current-Argus

New Mexico land boss concerned with nuclear waste proposal Associated Press

Serious Safety Concerns for Proposed Nuclear Storage Facility in New MexicoOffice of the New Mexico Land Commissioner

A fracked ‘Nuclear Alley’ scarier than aliensAlbuquerque Journal

The Line: Company and Land Commission In Battle Over Water (web extra)

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June 24, 2016 – An oil and gas company and the State Land Commissioner are locked in a heated battle after the state revoked the company’s water and land rights permits.

According to a press release from the state, the rights were revoked after applications showed that GUS H20 wanted an additional 130 million gallons of water from the Ogallala aquifer that.

What do you think about this case? Does it indicate something about the future of fracking in New Mexico? Let us know what you think on Facebook and Twitter.

Line Panelists
Merritt Allen, Vox Optima
Dan Foley, former New Mexico house minority whip
Eric Griego, former New Mexico state senator
Sophie Martin, attorney and editor of DukeCityFix.com