Experts warn of risk of sinkhole in popular New Mexico area

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Experts warn of risk of sinkhole in popular New Mexico area

Empty water tanks sit at the edge of a brine well operation, shown at right of tanks, as a major irrigation canal flows by in Carlsbad, N.M. Experts are painting a dire picture for lawmakers about the impending collapse of a giant cavern that has formed under a highway interchange that serves as a gateway to southern New Mexico’s oilfields and two national parks.

Experts warn of risk of sinkhole in popular New Mexico area

Empty water tanks sit at the edge of a brine well operation, shown at right of tanks, as a major irrigation canal flows by in Carlsbad, N.M. Experts are painting a dire picture for lawmakers about the impending collapse of a giant cavern that has formed under a highway interchange that serves as a gateway to southern New Mexico’s oilfields and two national parks.

Experts warn of risk of sinkhole in popular New Mexico area

A defunct brine well operation in Carlsbad, N.M., is fenced off because state officials fear a cavern that has formed under the site is at risk of collapsing as a result of nearly 30 years of brine production. Experts are painting a dire picture for lawmakers about the impending collapse of the giant cavern that has formed under a highway interchange that serves as a gateway to southern New Mexico’s oilfields and two national parks.
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