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8,329 Oil and Gas Spills
The New Mexico State Fracking Spills Map map locates every oil and gas spill that has been reported to the NMOCD since 2011. The River Healers designed this map as a public resource to not only visualize widespread fracking spills but to arm New Mexico citizens with a transparent tool to determine health and water security risks. Flip through the filters to see where spills have occurred on federal, tribal, or private property and to determine which river or stream bed was most impacted.
What we learned from the map is that New Mexico has had over 8,000 oil and gas spills since 2011. This is thousands more than publicly reported by the US Environmental Protection Agency. In 2016 alone 1,310 spills were reported. The River Healers are now looking at the map data more closely to determine which fracking wells have had reoccurring spills, which operators are most responsible for these spills, and where watchdog citizens can focus their time monitoring for water violations.
It is now clearer than ever that fracking industries such as WPX and Western Refining have been lying to the New Mexico public by claiming fracking as a clean and safe energy industry. The amount of oil and gas spills that continue to occur in New Mexico exposes a negligent industry that is clearly compromising water security. The number of spills continuing to happen under loose regulations is ample reason for the state to suspend all future lease negotiations, especially in culturally sacred areas such as Chaco Canyon.
We would like to mention the many organizations and local citizens that worked with the River Healers to put this map together. Thanks to Western Priorities, Santa Fe Art Institute, New Mexico Oil and Gas Conservation Division, Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, Duke University, Environmental Policy Initiative, Harvard Law School, Florida State University College of Law, and The Nature Conservancy
Stay on guard watchdogs - The River Healers will continue to update this map with new fracking spills.
Data and oil and gas spill references cited from New mexico Oil and Gas Conservation Division and the Unconventional Oil and Gas Spills: Risks, Mitigation Priorities, and State Reporting Requirements
Environ. Sci. Technol., Article ASAP DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.6b05749 Publication Date (Web): February 21, 2017 Copyright © 2017 American Chemical Society † Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, Duke University, 2111 Campus Drive, Durham North Carolina 27708, United States, ‡ Environmental Policy Initiative, Harvard Law School, #4123 Wasserstein Hall, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138, United States § Florida State University College of Law, 424 W. Jefferson Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32306, United States ∥ The Nature Conservancy, 1101 West River Parkway, Suite 200, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55415, United States ⊥ U.S. Geological Survey, Leetown Science Center, Kearnevsville, West Virginia 25430, United States # The Nature Conservancy, Global Lands Team, 117 E. Mountain Avenue, Suite 201, Fort Collins, Colorado 80524, United States ∇ Bureau of Economic Geology, Jackson School of Geosciences, The University of Texas at Austin, 10100 Burnet Road, Building 130, Austin, Texas 78758, United States ○ Department of Biology, University of Central Arkansas, 201 Donaghey Avenue, Conway, Arkansas 72035, United States ◆ The Nature Conservancy, African Program, University of Cincinnati, Department of Biological Sciences, 820G Rieveschl Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio 45221, United States ¶ School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University, 195 Prospect St., New Haven, Connecticut 06511, United States
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NM Fracking Map - FracTracker Alliance
This map locates active fracking wells in New Mexico. Thanks to FracTracker for creating this great watchdogging resource. Flip through the filters to see wells near you and change the map base to view with satellite imagery and street names.