- Associated Press - Saturday, June 20, 2015

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) - Carlsbad officials are considering changes to an ordinance on drilling around the city’s water supply.

The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports (http://bit.ly/1CjVb5q) the City Council may consider next month adding language that makes it clear a permit is required to drill anywhere around Sheep Draw Well Field.

Sheep Draw provides almost all of the groundwater for the Carlsbad Municipal Water System.

The ordinance was established in 2000 to protect the water from possible contamination. It calls for specific depth and thickness requirements for the drill casing to prevent contamination.

The desire for revisions stems from Devon Energy’s recent application to drill an oil well on the edge of the Wellhead Protection Areas.

City Administrator Steve McCutcheon says there was some initial confusion as to whether the energy company needed a permit.

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Information from: Carlsbad Current-Argus, http://www.currentargus.com/

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