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  • Concerned about arsenic contamination, authorities in the city of Durango, the capital of Mexico’s Durango state, are working to cut back on groundwater extraction and instead increase use of purified water from dams.
  • Mexican state-owned petroleum company Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) still has not been penalized for an oil spill in the Coatzacoalcos River that occurred more than a year ago, according to environmental NGO Greenpeace.
  • Carlos Álvarez García, president of the Agriculture and Livestock Chamber of Torreón, has warned that conflicts over water among producers in the La Laguna area could get worse, as the National Water Commission (Conagua) continues to say it will only release 450 million cubic meters of water for the agricultural cycle.
  • During the 19th Mekong River Commission Council meeting last week in Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and other participants challenged Laos’ efforts to construct the controversial $3.5 billion USD Xayaburi Dam, the first of a planned 11 dams along the Lower Mekong River.
  • Ministers from member countries of the Mekong River Commission (MRC) and donors started a two-day meeting in Luang Prabang Laos on January 16. The meeting comes two months after Laos launched a major dam project on the trans-boundary river despite MRC objections, but Cambodia and Vietnam, the two downstream countries that stand to suffer the most from the dam, have not asked to have the issue raised at the meeting.
  • Environmental activism is proving increasing dangerous in Mexico, according to a report in Mexico’s Vanguardia newspaper. Six environmentalists who were fighting against mining projects and in defense of water and forests were killed in the country in 2012, and at least another 11 were killed between 2006 and 2011, the paper said at the end of December.