Southwest (AZ NM OK TX)

"Economic Study Funded by Prop. 23 Backers Questioned"

A study claiming that California's Proposition 23 would create jobs failed to disclose that it was funded by big out-of-state oil companies and the Koch brothers, who have been anonymously funding political causes that boost profits of their oil business. Proposition 23 would delay California's climate change law, which environmentalists say would create green jobs.

Source: Sacramento Bee, 10/25/2010

Nonfederal Rangeland Often in Poor Shape

USDA and USGS researchers found about one of every five acres of rangelands in 17 western states, as well as portions of Louisiana and Florida, has some degree of degradation of at least one factor (soil and site stability, hydrologic integrity, and biotic integrity).

Lubbock, TX 2012

Check out multimedia conference coverage, session descriptions, speakers, exhibitors and more for SEJ's 22nd annual conference, October 17-21, hosted by Texas Tech University. Image: Bat Flight Amphitheater at Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Photo © Marina Fisher-Phelps.

"EPA Issues Final Plan for Auditing Rejected Texas Permits"

"For the roughly 130 power plants, refineries and other facilities embroiled in the air permitting dispute between U.S. EPA and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, a new program being finalized by EPA could allow them to get on with business as usual."

Source: Greenwire, 09/22/2010

"Navajos Ask Supreme Court to Protect Drinking Water From Uranium"

"The New Mexico Environmental Law Center today appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a lower court decision that allows uranium mining in the Four Corners region of New Mexico. The appeal claims the mine would contaminate drinking water used by some 15,000 Navajo people."

Source: ENS, 09/16/2010

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