Oil and gas another piece in New Mexico's water puzzle
December 15, 2019
LOVING, N.M. (AP) — Craig Ogden has farmed alfalfa and cotton in southeastern New Mexico for nearly three decades, and he's seen the acreage used for farming dwindle as neighbors seize lucrative offers from the oil and gas industry.
The northern border of his property teems with oil wells drilled in the past five years. Dozens of natural gas flares send bright orange flames into the sky.
"Fresh water for sale" signs dot the nearby highway as trucks loaded with water tanks speed past.
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