Aug 6, 2023

Arizona Gave Saudi Arabian Company Unregulated Access To Water During Drought

The company’s lobbying efforts and Arizona’s lax regulations beat state planners’ attempts to require the company to report its water usage.
Arizona Gave Saudi Arabian Company Unregulated Access To Water During Drought
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Written by Joanna Button

The story: Arizona began leasing farmland west of Phoenix to the Saudi-owned company Fondomonte Arizona in 2015. Until recently, the company didn’t disclose how much water it used to grow its crops. Growing concerns about the state’s dwindling water reserves have increased public scrutiny of the foreign company’s unregulated access to the precious resource, and Arizona’s governor is considering not renewing the company’s lease.

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