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Drilling delayed at Kirtland

U.S. Air Force photo by Todd Berenger

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the drilling of monitoring wells at Kirtland Air Force Base has been delayed until later this year. The monitoring wells are being drilled in order to determine the extent of contamination from a leak of about 24 million gallons of jet fuel.

One of the two contractors drilling the wells has gone out of business.

According to the story, available online:

Under a deadline set by the New Mexico Environment Department, the wells were supposed to be installed and ready for testing groundwater by Tuesday. The Environment Department last week granted the Air Force an extension until Nov. 30 to get the drilling done.

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