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Sign the Petition Against the project - HERE.
( https://gopetition.com/petitions/no-to-the-otero-borehole.html )

April 2017
Revised Website. Borehole page now has easier navigation. See the Borehole page for references and more borehole information.
click HERE.

NEWS - The New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association has taken a stand against the DOE’s Deep Borehole projects in New Mexico. See their statement HERE. THANKS NMCGA !

JLUS rural zoning Coming Back? Property Right Taking? See HERE.

Deep Borehole Test Facts and More

DOE’s "Salt Basin Deep Borehole Research Project"

A Test, or a Radioactive Trojan Horse?
The US Department of Energy is pushing a Deep Borehole experiment in Otero County.
Deep Boreholes are planned to be used for disposal of nuclear waste.

See latest details on the borehole page under the Menu “Deep Borehole” or click HERE.

The claim by Department of Energy (HERE) is that this just a test (nothing to see here, move along). They claim that no radioactive waste will be dumped in this particular hole. They DO NOT promise that similar holes in eastern Otero County won't be drilled and used for nuclear waste, if the first hole looks good.

Department of Energy geologists claim suitable test sites exist across 40% of the USA. However, DOE has only selected remote, isolated, rural areas for the TEST project. Could this be to facilitate a future nuclear waste dump? They claim it is just about science. They claim they need this test to see if nuclear waste might be dumped into a deep hole. They claim that these boreholes might be drilled almost anywhere in the USA but somehow rural, isolated southeastern Otero County is “better” for a test hole than a place with a Walmart or a gas station!

The project is funded by your tax money even if it the work is on private land. If the Department of Energy’s claims are true then this project is a colossal waste of your tax money. Why “test” in one site and then turn around and drill yet another $30,000,000+ hole to test the real dump site?

The Boreholes will be three miles deep and 8”- 17” in diameter.

The DOE contractor, TerranearPMC has stated that up to two (2) holes will be drilled. However, their contract states DOE may drill many as they wants (see the borehole page). TerranearPMC has not been honest in discussing the possible number of holes.

DOE plans to drill just northwest of Dell City, TX, in Otero County. The first holes are to be on private property. The owner has the right to drill. HOWEVER, DOE wants local residents to approve and support the first hole or they won't start here and they will not expand into nuclear waste disposal in the future. Your opinion counts at this point. Your saying “NO” does not impact private property rights! He may drill or not. Your opinion affects DOE's interest. If you are concerned about the holes and possible future nuclear waste dump, EXPRESS your opinion!

Sign the Petition Against the project - HERE.
( https://gopetition.com/petitions/no-to-the-otero-borehole.html )

The Weed Meeting (March 16, 2017), Still No DOE Representative !
I want to thank Otero County Commissioners Janet White and Lori Bies for attending. Otero County Commissioner Susan Flores has not attended any of these community meetings which is sad (maybe I missed her). The Weed meeting with 70+ in attendance showed these rural residents were overwhelmingly against this project. I gave out 50 fliers (all I had) and many people continued to show up after the meeting started (and TerranearPMC stopped the formal sign in). Of the fifty I spoke with only one, a TerranearPMC employee, was in favor. Two women were undecided (later during the meeting became "against") and the others were not no but "hell NO". Many more spoke up before, after and during the meeting!

Community questions were excellent. I am always amazed at the quality of my neighbors. Some with technical expertise greater than TerranearPMC's best and all with intelligent questions and observations.

Again no Department of Energy representative. The questions about the "next" project, that many feel will bring in nuclear waste, were not answered by DOE (obviously). TerranearPMC gave the same canned answers. They failed to answer the majority of questions (they answered 4-5 out of 60+). They again promised to put questions and answers "on their website", "sometime in the next few weeks". My experience with this approach is that some questions get forgotten or misstated, and some questionable answers go unchallenged.

Thanks to all that helped setup the meeting and to those who got the word out!

Say "NO" to the Borehole! Time to write or call your County Commissioner, State representative, State Senator and their federal counterparts and say "NO".

Weed Meeting Flier is HERE.

Other Meetings Fliers are HERE. Smaller size HERE.

DOE claims that local communities must “consent” to this project before DOE will proceed.

Sign the Petition Against the project - HERE.
( https://gopetition.com/petitions/no-to-the-otero-borehole.html )


The U.S. currently has more than 109,000 metric tons of high-level waste from nuclear reactors and atomic weapons production awaiting disposal, according to a 2010 study.

Otero County has a long history with Government contracts and takings, see HERE.


If the test shows SE Otero County has perfect geology for radioactive nuclear waste will DOE then go to Nevada or Ohio to drill another $30,000,000+ hole (that may not work), and then dispose of nuclear waste in Nevada or Ohio? Or will they come to a proven area, rural, isolated Southeast Otero County, and drill and dump here? This will impact Alamogordo, Cloudcroft, Weed, Mayhill, Sacramento, Pinion, the entire county. It will impact El Paso and Dell City Texas. Dell City is right next door to the “test” site and likely future nuclear waste disposal area. El Paso, TX is just down the road and gets water from this area.

If you want nuclear waste in your backyard then DO NOTHING.

If you want to protect Otero County from becoming the

DOE National High Level Nuclear Waste Dump

 you must act. We have a narrow window of opportunity to stop nuclear proliferation in our back yard. Let's take positive action to stop the nuclear waste disposal project before the cancer spreads into Otero County. Make your opposition loud and clear. In ND a petition of 2,000 signatures stopped them.

Public Meetings Are Over!

Sign the Petition Against the project - HERE.
( https://gopetition.com/petitions/no-to-the-otero-borehole.html )

Contact me at walt AT weed-skies DOT org if you want to get involved!

Click click HERE. for more Borehole information.




February 2017, HAMETS is still coming to Otero County!

Heavy Helicopters in the Lincoln National Forest ??
Day and Night all across the Sacramento Ranger District !

The Army and the Lincoln National Forest are asking for comments on the plan to fly helicopters during night time into the Forest and practice landings. These are big, noisy helicopters!

See my comments Illegality #1 HERE.

See my comments Illegality #2 HERE.

See my comments on environmental impacts HERE.

The Lincoln NF Announcement. 30 days to comment!:



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