Possible Oil Field Pit Leaks Causing Concern in New Mexico

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

NEW MEXICO - Records proving oil field pit leaks are contaminating the groundwater in New Mexico are at the heart of a freedom of information request filed against the State by the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association.

Association President Bob Gallagher says the group is concerned that the energy, minerals, and natural resources department is claiming there have been 300 incidents of groundwater contamination but the documents proving it have been unavailable.

Oil conservation division officials say the data is easy to find on the agency's website and is already public record.