State Land Office Remediation Project Uncovers Massive Buried Illegal Dumping Site in Lea County

Approximately 35 Tons of Trash and 8 Tons of Tires Removed

SANTA FE, NM – In the course of completing remediation project work to clean up a former caliche mining pit on state trust land near Eunice, New Mexico, State Land Office staff and contractors working on the project uncovered a massive, buried illegal dumping site. Oil and gas companies use caliche, a shallow deposit of naturally formed limestone, as foundation material for roads and well pads to support heavy equipment. The state trust land site in question was last active and leased in the 1970’s. The project was approved in an effort to remediate the site for future use.