She might be a Democrat but New Mexico U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small knows where her state’s revenue comes from….her own congressional district that is rich because of the Permian Basin. She’s joined Oklahoma Democrat U.S. Rep. Kendra Horn in opposing a fracking ban proposed by other Democrats.
She also finds herself on the same side as the conservative energy advocacy group Power the Future in opposing New York Democrat Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s bill to ban fracking nationwide. AOC has sided with Democratic presidential frontrunner Bernie Sanders who has filed a fracking ban bill in the U.S. Senate.
Torres Small – who represents the area of the state experiencing a record breaking oil boom – said she has been “consistently opposed a fracking ban because if we shut down oil and gas drilling in New Mexico today, we’d have to shut down our schools tomorrow.”
“I will continue to support responsible energy production in the district, including one of the country’s largest sources of oil and gas in the Permian Basin,” she said according to the Albuquerque Journal.