Eastern NM Borehole Test Axed; Ranchers Relieved

May 31, 2017

Bart and Cydni Wyatt, who run a ranch outside Narrow Visa, spearheaded an effort to block the DOE from drilling a borehole nearby that could one day store nuclear waste. The DOE canceled that test project last week.
Credit Ellen Lockyer

Last October, the U.S. Department of Energy announced a site near New Mexico’s eastern border was under consideration for the so-called Deep Borehole Field Test. That project would drill a hole three miles deep into the earth to explore the geology beneath and test the potential for future nuclear waste storage inside the borehole.

 Last Tuesday, a terse announcement from U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan’s (D-NM) Tucumcari field office sparked relief among many residents of a ranching community near the New Mexico–Texas border. KSFR’s Ellen Lockyer has the story.