RESPEC has had a close working relationship with the State of New Mexico, Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department, Oil Conservation Division for the last 10 years. The Oil Conservation Division (OCD) is tasked with cleaning up former oil and gas operation sites that have been abandoned throughout New Mexico.
One site is a 10-acre tract of land formerly called the General Petroleum Site located in a mixed industrial and residential area of Eunice, New Mexico. The site had operated as a disposal facility for oilfield waste since the late 1950s.
RESPEC was tasked with determining the hydrogeology and groundwater quality of the underlying Ogallala Aquifer and site cleanup. Site cleanup included discovery and removal of over a mile of buried piping, decommissioning of all electric services and aboveground storage tanks and excavation, and disposal and treatment of 50,000 cubic yards of petroleum-contaminated soils. Backfill included an engineered fill of impermeable clay to impede further vertical migration of contaminants. Groundwater monitoring continues today at the General Petroleum site.