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By John Flesher The Associated Press

Drilling boom’s growing toll: scarred land, threatened water from thousands of waste spills

CROSSROADS, N.M. Carl Johnson and son Justin, who have complained for years about spills of oilfield wastewater where they raise cattle in the high plains of New Mexico, stroll across a 1 1/2-acre patch of sandy soil — lifeless, save for a scattering of stunted weeds.