Southwest (AZ NM OK TX)

June 2, 2014 to June 30, 2014

Climate Science Connections: Water in the West

This free interactive and self-paced course is built around panel discussions with hydrologists, policy makers, engineers, and science educators. In the course we explore challenges for water management in the Western US both at a large scale — using the Colorado River Basin Watershed as an example — and at small scale – using the Boulder Creek watershed as an example where flooding occurred on the heels of drought and wildfire damage.

"Drilling and Water Interests Clash on Disposal Wells"

"In the heart of Texas' mineral-rich Eagle Ford Shale, freshwater isn't the only precious resource for both oil companies and local communities. Brackish groundwater aquifers are also becoming increasingly valuable — as potential drinking water supplies, and also as locations for disposing wastewater from drilling and hydraulic fracturing."

Source: Texas Tribune, 05/22/2014

"Southwest Struggles To Adapt To Year-Round Fire Season"

"Last week was Wildfire Awareness Week in California, a time when firefighters and forest managers travel up and down the state talking about fire risk and public safety. Usually that would mean wildfire conditions were just picking up, with higher temperatures drying out fuels nurtured by winter rain and snowpack."

Source: ClimateWire, 05/13/2014

Chevron Blocks Access by State Regulators to Gas Well Explosion Site

One worker was killed February 11, 2014, when a Chevron gas well exploded near Bobtown, Pennsylvania, and burned for five days.  But inspectors from the state's Department of Environmental Protection were stopped by Chevron from approaching the site — thus keeping them from seeing possible safety violations. The DEP acquiesced at the time, but later cited Chevron for nine violations at the site.

Texas Punishes San Antonio COG for Disclosing Oil/Gas Pollution

On April 4, 2014, the Alamo Area Council of Governments, the regional area which is supposed to control smog, released its study results — which suggested drilling in the Eagle Ford shale did indeed contribute a lot to smog. Days later, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, which had funded the study, cut AACOG's budget by 25 percent.

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