In August 2014, the Mexican government passed secondary legislature to their recent energy reforms that further opens the door to foreign companies wanting to work in the country's energy sector. This includes the US-Mexican Transboundary Hydrocarbons Agreement, which allows US and Mexican companies to jointly exploit resources in marine areas shared by the two countries (6). the most attention is focused on the Burgos Basin, which spans the states of Coahuila, Tamaulipas, and Nuevo León. This basin yields two-thirds of all Mexico’s natural gas production currently. These reforms sparked preventative protests in July of 2014, in which farmers and activists marched to the capital and blocked major highways (3, 4).