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Valve Malfunction Leaves Behind Big Mess at Artesia Well Site

ARTESIA, NM (KWES) -

Oil and cleanup crews had to pick up a big mess at a well site in Artesia.

In the early morning hours of June 18, the Eddy County Sheriff's Office was called out to a well site belonging to Mewbourne Oil.

The report says Baker Hughes was preparing to frac at the site when two frac tanks full of Hydrogen Chloride (HCL) had a valve malfunction.

More than 64,000 gallons of diluted HCL was spilled.

Baker Hughes vacuumed up the product and then doused the remainder with soda ash and lime.

A dirt service was then called in to remove the contaminated dirt.

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