- Associated Press - Thursday, September 18, 2014

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) - New data shows that Carlsbad’s I&W; Brine Well will collapse in 10 to 25 years.

The Carlsbad Current Argus reports (https://goo.gl/2dfhn5) a new report on the brine well was presented Wednesday to a legislative committee and officials were urged to act.

John Lommler, a principal geotechnical engineer for AMEC Environment & Infrastructure, says the brine well’s roof is shifting in an arch-like formation to try and create a dome on the upper part of the cavity.

He says workers could manually collapse the underground cavern, but the groundwater could potentially be contaminated by the brine water sitting in the well.

Lommler says another option could be filling of the cavern with a mixture of aggregate fill that could include sand, gravel and cement.

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

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