How big oil keeps a grip on New Mexico – with the help of a major lobbyist

How big oil keeps a grip on New Mexico – with the help of a major lobbyist

Records show the firm FTI and its fossil fuel clients benefit from local government ties

When Joe Biden paused oil and gas drilling leases on federal lands earlier this year, the alarm bells rang in south-eastern New Mexico.

Officials in Eddy county – which, along with neighboring Lea county, holds New Mexico’s share of the oil- and gas-rich Permian Basin – immediately worried about potential economic fallout.

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