Southwest (AZ NM OK TX)

Texans Must Fight "State-Regulated" Oilfield Waste Dumps By Themselves

"Some Texans who challenge oil and gas waste sites must spend significant sums and time on investigating what they say the Texas Railroad Commission should examine. Will new regulations for handling waste increase oversight or just maintain the status quo?"

Source: Public Health Watch, 08/16/2023

"Uranium Hunters in US West Face Partial Ban, Pollution Fears"

"Five weeks before President Joe Biden announced a historic new ban on new uranium mining around the Grand Canyon, Sarana Riggs approached the barbed-wire fence surrounding an inactive mine in an Arizona national forest, a Geiger counter in her hand."

Source: Bloomberg Environment, 08/15/2023

"Biden Protects Land by Grand Canyon but Will Still Allow Mining"

"President Joe Biden on Tuesday [announced] plans to block expanded uranium mining around the Grand Canyon by declaring the area a new national monument."

Source: Bloomberg Environment, 08/09/2023

"Biden To Protect Vast Sacred Lands Near Grand Canyon"

"U.S. President Joe Biden will curb land development on a stretch of nearly 1 million acres (405,000 hectares) near Arizona's iconic Grand Canyon, a move intended to cement his environmental credentials in the electoral battleground state."

Source: Reuters, 08/08/2023

Texas Prisoners Struggle To Endure Heat Wave Without Air Conditioning

"A deadly heat wave continues across the Southwest, and an often forgotten group of people affected are prisoners. Many inmates struggle to stay cool in aging facilities, including in Texas — where some 100,000 prisoners live in large facilities that lack air conditioning."

Source: Texas Public Radio, 07/25/2023

"How A Saudi Firm Tapped A Gusher Of Water In Drought-Stricken Arizona"

"For nearly a decade, the state of Arizona has leased this rural terrain west of Phoenix to a Saudi-owned company, allowing it to pump all the water it needs to grow the alfalfa hay — a crop it exports to feed the kingdom’s dairy cows. And, for years, the state did not know how much water the company was consuming."

Source: Washington Post, 07/17/2023

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