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Carlsbad well funding clears the Legislature

Rep. Cathrynn Brown, R-Carlsbad

SANTA FE — State lawmakers are sending to the governor a proposal that would make about $30 million available over the next few years to help prevent the collapse of an old brine well in Carlsbad.

Supporters of the legislation say the potential catastrophe that would damage two highways and other structures.

Senate Bill 226 cleared the House on Monday and now heads to Gov. Susana Martinez for consideration.

“I am gratified that my colleagues finally acknowledged the urgency of this situation,” Rep. Cathrynn Brown, R-Carlsbad, said in a written statement. “The longer we wait, the more likely a disaster will happen.”