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"Permian Oil Fields Leak Enough Methane for 7 Million Homes"

"Enough gas to supply 7 million homes is leaking into the atmosphere above oil fields in Texas and New Mexico—the largest plume of climate change-driving methane pollution ever recorded over a U.S. oil field, a new study from Harvard University and Environmental Defense Fund shows."

Source: Bloomberg Environment, 04/23/2020

"Public Health: Years Of Toxic Leaks Raise Cancer Risk In Refinery Town"

"ARTESIA, N.M. — When the new pastor arrived at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church a few years back, he was struck by the sight and smell of the towering refinery a block east of his chapel. The Rev. A.L. Vijaya Raju had a question: Were fumes from the flares, pipes and tanks to blame for breathing problems afflicting some parishioners?"

Source: Greenwire, 04/03/2020

Warm Gulf Of Mexico Could Intensify Upcoming Tornado, Hurricane Seasons

"Water temperatures in the Gulf of Mexico are running more than three degrees above average, increasing the prospects for severe thunderstorms and tornadoes this spring and potentially stronger hurricane activity in the summer and fall."

Source: Washington Post, 04/02/2020

SEJournal Relaunches WatchDog with a ‘Voice,’ Plus Coronavirus and More

SEJournal welcomes back from hiatus our WatchDog feature, now recast as an opinion column from Joseph A. Davis, Society of Environmental Journalists’ veteran freedom of information advocate and longtime SEJournal contributor. In part one of a two-parter, find out why we’re relaunching the new column, plus get Davis’ take on government openness (or lack thereof) around coronavirus, as well as more on SEJ’s deep commitment to open information and a rundown of its recent FOI activities. And watch for part two next week.

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Flaring Expert Finds Big Problems In Texas Oil And Gas Regulator Report

"The amount of natural gas that oil companies burn off in Texas as a waste product could power every home in the state. It’s an industry practice known as flaring, and as it grows, so do pollution and waste associated with oil extraction. So last week, a top state oil and gas regulator produced a report on it."

Source: KUT, 02/27/2020
March 1, 2020

DEADLINE: CENTER Photo/Art Awards and Grants

CENTER annually offers awards and grants to photographers and artists around the world for project funding, exhibition in Santa Fe and professional development via the premier juried portfolio review event, the Review Santa Fe Photo Festival. Deadline: Mar 1, 2020.

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