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Update on Carlsbad Brine Well Remediation Project for the Week of November 30th

Date Range: The following is updated with information as of November 30th.

Current Status of Project: Sand deployment at the Carlsbad Brine Well was suspended at the end of July 2020 and the deployment equipment was removed from the site. The south portion of the site is backfilled and stabilized, while the north portion of the site is partially filled and partially stabilized. This work was completed over 300 days with zero safety incidents.

The Carlsbad Brine Well Remediation Authority met on October 13, 2020 to discuss the status of the project and to consider potential options for further remediation work. Further work will be dependent on funding.

The remediation contractor conducts bi-weekly visits to perform any needed inspections, equipment repair and site maintenance. An array of sensors deployed across the site collects data 24 hours a day 7 days a week to detect ground movement and pressure within the cavity. Along with ongoing review of the sensor data, any unusual ground movement triggers immediate alerts that are relayed to EMNRD and the Carlsbad Fire Department. The highly sensitive sensors detect even the smallest vibrations, including any recent earthquakes in the surrounding areas.

Next Steps: Continue monitoring the site.

Fast Facts

Location of Carlsbad Brine Well I&W Brine Well Aerial

  • A “brine well” is a solution mining operation to remove salt. To learn more about the Brine Well visit our Overview tab.
  • A detailed overview of the project can be found on the Remediation Project tab.
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