Southwest (AZ NM OK TX)

"Court: US Needs To Consider Effects Of Drilling Near Chaco"

"A federal appeals court has sided with environmentalists, ruling that the U.S. government failed to consider the cumulative effects of greenhouse gas emissions that would result from the approval of nearly 200 drilling permits in an area surrounding Chaco Culture National Historical Park."

Source: AP, 02/03/2023

Texas Oilfield Waste Company Gave $53,750 to Regulators Overseeing Permit

"A company seeking to build an oilfield waste dump near wells and waterways in East Texas has showered regulators with upwards of $50,000 in political contributions since 2019." "McBride Operating LLC and owner Joseph McBride contributed to the political campaigns of the three sitting commissioners of the Texas Railroad Commission now considering his request."

 

Source: Inside Climate News, 02/02/2023

"The Future of Organic Food Is Taking Shape at the USDA — and Beyond"

"Over the past few years, as the U.S. organic market has surpassed $60 billion in sales, organic farmers, businesses, and advocates have been engaged in a heated debate about the strength and integrity of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Organic standards. Now, the agency has finally started taking action to address some of the loopholes long pointed to by advocates."

Source: Civil Eats, 01/30/2023

Arizona’s New Governor Takes on Water Conservation and Groundwater Report

"A top water expert at Arizona State University began the year with a demand in a newspaper Op-Ed column directed at incoming Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs: Immediately release a state report on groundwater in Buckeye, one of the fastest growing cities in the U.S."

Source: Inside Climate News, 01/18/2023

"Skipped Showers, Paper Plates: An Arizona Suburb’s Water Is Cut Off"

"Joe McCue thought he had found a desert paradise when he bought one of the new stucco houses sprouting in the granite foothills of Rio Verde, Ariz. There were good schools, mountain views and cactus-spangled hiking trails out the back door. Then the water got cut off."

Source: NYTimes, 01/17/2023

Water-Sharing in the West: An Urgent and Complicated Environmental Story

Water has always been a precious commodity in the western states. Now, with rapid population growth and a drying climate, the way this resource is shared and distributed is becoming more contentious across the region. Freelance journalist Jennifer Oldham talks about the tensions between supply and demand and how to drill down into water rights laws and policies.

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"Thousands Will Live Here One Day (as Long as They Can Find Water)"

"In the increasingly dry Southwest, drought and climate change pose a challenge for developers, who need to find creative ways to provide water supply to new communities."

Source: NYTimes, 01/02/2023
January 10, 2023 to January 12, 2023

2023 Ten Across Summit

Registration for journalists is free to attend Ten Across' third in-person summit, in Houston. Panels will examine pressing resilience, sustainability and equity issues impacting the region including climate change challenges related to water, heat and energy; infrastructure and equity; the future of democracy; and risk planning.

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