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New Mexico governor proposes $500M investment in treating oil production wastewater

Associated Press

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico would underwrite the creation of a strategic new source of water by buying treated water that originates from the used, salty byproducts of oil and natural gas drilling, in hopes of preserving its freshwater aquifers, under a proposal from the state’s Democratic governor. The initiative from Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, announced Tuesday from the international climate conference at Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, would set water purification standards and purchase treated water that originates from oil fields as well as the state’s vast natural underground reservoirs of brine. The idea is to create a government-guaranteed market for the commodity — treated water — and attract private enterprise to build desalinization and treatment facilities

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