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Mexican border gov fined for family’s illegal dam

February 6, 2015

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Authorities have levied a million-dollar fine against a ranch owned by the family of the governor of the Mexican border state of Sonora for illegally constructing a dam on a local river.

Water is a hot-button issue in arid Sonora, where Gov. Guillermo Padres quarreled with federal officials in September over water pollution from a mine spill.

But it was unclear whether Padres was angry about lax federal mine supervision or a federal investigation of the dam on his family’s ranch known as El Pozo Nuevo de Padres.

On Friday, the environmental prosecutors’ office said the dam had been built without authorization and without environmental impact statements.

In September, Padres demanded federal environmental officials be expelled from Sonora. His office had no immediate comment on the fine.

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