Energy companies oppose new nuclear storage site in New Mexico

Overview - Holtec International


A report shows some of the biggest oil and gas operators in the Permian Basin, including Oklahoma companies, are standing against a proposed nuclear waste facility in southeast New Mexico.

The companies are fighting Holtec International, a company that wants to build a new nuclear waste storage operation near Carlsbad and Hobbs. Occidental Petroleum, Concho Resources, Diamondback Energy and Fasken Oil and Ranch signed a Nov. 1 letter from the Permian Basin Coalition.

The Coalition’s members include Oklahoma City-based Devon Energy, Tulsa’s Helmerich & Payne, and others: Apache, BPX Energy, ChampionX, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Coterra Energy, Diamondback Energy, Endeavor Energy Resources, EOG Resources, ExxonMobil, Halliburton, Kinetik, Liberty Energy, Mewbourne Oil Company, Occidental, Ovintiv, Permian Resources, Pioneer Natural Resources, Plains All American, SLB, the Texas Tech University System, the University of Texas System, and WaterBridge.

Holtec wants to build a facility to temporarily store spent nuclear fuel rods. It plans on a capacity of up to 100,000 metric tonrs of the nuclear waste that would be transported by rail from nuclear power plants around the U.S.

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