FARMINGTON — An eight-page report released by the Environmental Defense Fund states oil and natural gas companies waste more than a billion cubic feet of natural gas extracted from Navajo Nation lands each year, leading to a loss of $3.4 million of profits and $850,000 of royalties.
“It’s still not something that every member of the community is aware of,” said Carol Davis, coordinator and director for Diné CARE.
Diné CARE was one of several environmental advocacy groups that signed onto the report. Other groups include Grand Canyon Trust and Native American Voters Alliance. Davis said she hopes the report helps build awareness, especially among tribal leaders.
But New Mexico Oil and Gas Association spokesman Robert McEntyre said the environmental advocacy group is presenting misleading information in an attempt to get laws passed.
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