Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

State levies fine over buried oil.(Business)

Byline: Journal Staff Report

SANTA FE A company accused of burying barrels of used oil at a construction site in Belen has been ordered to pay a fine of $830,000 by the New Mexico Environment Department.

Warden Enterprises Inc. and two of its officials, Stacy Warden and Ted Gee, were charged with violating the state's Water Quality Act and regulations of the New Mexico Water Quality Control Commission.

The environment department said an informant notified the state agency that employees of Warden Enterprises had buried used oil at the construction site in 1999. The agency investigated the report and found buried drums at the site.

The environment department oversaw the excavation, removal and disposal of drums, buckets, contaminated soil and oil found floating atop the water table, which was about 5 feet below the surface. …

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