Southwest (AZ NM OK TX)

"Protest Derails Chaco National Park Celebration"

"It was supposed to be a homecoming of sorts for U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, after her agency spent many months hosting public meetings and talking with Native American leaders about curbing the pace of oil and gas development in the San Juan Basin and protecting culturally significant sites."

Source: AP, 06/13/2023

DOJ Settles Probe Of Illegal Dumping In Houston's Minority Neighborhoods

"The U.S. Department of Justice secured a settlement in its environmental justice investigation into Houston's response to illegal dumping in Black and Latino neighborhoods, the department and the city of Houston said separately on Tuesday."

Source: Reuters, 06/07/2023

"The Indigenous Forager Reconnecting Native Americans With Their Roots"

"Twila Cassadore hopes teaching Western Apache traditional foodways can aid mental, emotional and spiritual health".

Source: Guardian, 06/05/2023

"Haaland Orders 20-Year Oil Leasing Ban Around Chaco Canyon"

"Interior Secretary Deb Haaland on Friday ordered a 20-year moratorium on new oil and gas leasing within 10 miles of the Chaco Culture National Historical Park, protecting lands sacred to many Native American communities in New Mexico and northern Arizona."

Source: E&E News, 06/05/2023

From TV Meteorologists, More Straight Talk About Climate Change

Reporters covering floods, fires and other weather-driven disasters sometimes hesitate to link these extreme events to climate change. But TV meteorologists increasingly see an opportunity — and a responsibility — to help local audiences better understand the connections. Their unique relationship with viewers makes it easier to get past partisan divisions, while innovative tools are providing new ways to communicate information.

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Arizona Will Halt Some New Phoenix Home Approvals As Water Supplies Tighten

"The groundwater aquifers currently serving 4.6 million people across metro Phoenix are lagging behind growth on a trajectory that would run just short of projected needs in 100 years, according to a new state groundwater model released Thursday by Gov. Katie Hobbs. As a result, the state's water agency will stop approving new development that relies solely on groundwater."

Source: Arizona Republlic, 06/02/2023

"New Mexico Imposes Oil And Gas Moratorium On State Land Near Schools"

"Members of the Navajo community have complained to Samuel Sage for years about the noise and vibrations that rattle their homes. They tell him about the dust kicked up by heavy trucks traveling the surrounding dirt roads and the smells that come from some of the oil and natural gas wells and tank batteries that dot the land around their Navajo community of Counselor in northwestern New Mexico."

Source: AP, 06/02/2023

Operator Error Caused 400,000-Gallon Crude Oil Spill Outside Midland, TX

"EnLink Midstream’s Chickadee pipeline ruptured on March 29, 2023, causing one of the largest oil spills in the past decade in Texas. An incident report blames the massive spill on “incorrect operation.”"

"Operator errors caused 402,486 gallons of crude oil to gush out of an EnLink Midstream pipeline south of Midland, Texas on the night of March 29.

Source: Inside Climate News, 05/30/2023

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