Southwest (AZ NM OK TX)

October 17, 2012 to October 21, 2012

SEJ's 22nd Annual Conference, in Lubbock, Texas

This fall, SEJ is headin’ up and movin’ out to Lubbock, Texas for an unparalleled Western adventure on the High Plains, hosted and sponsored by Texas Tech University.

States Partly Fill Federal Vacuum on Fracking Fluid Disclosure Law

Colorado, which adopted its disclosure rules December 13, 2011, joins Texas, Pennsylvania, and several other states in requiring some disclosure by drillers of the chemicals they pump into shale formations under high pressures to release natural gas. Scores of chemicals, some very toxic, may be involved.

"Disasters Doom Texas Oyster Crop"

"A monstrous bloom of toxic algae looming across the Texas coast has shut down oyster season. Fueled by Texas' ongoing drought, the algae — known as Karenia brevis— thrives in warm, salty water and has spread through the bays and islands along Texas' 350-mile coast, says Meridith Byrd, a marine biologist for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. The algae could cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhea in humans and is harmful to fish but not fatal to people, she says."

Source: USA TODAY, 12/14/2011
May 11, 2015 to May 16, 2015

Santa Fe Science Writing Workshop

The 20th annual Workshop takes place May 11-16, 2015, in Santa Fe, NM, directed by New York Times science writers and authors Sandra Blakeslee and George Johnson. Apply early; there's usually a waiting list. The workshop is usually full by mid April.

BLM Says 9 Western States Have Worthy Wilderness Areas

Designating lands as wilderness or some other highly protected status always is contentious, but the BLM has identified 24 areas in 9 western states the agency says have significant local support for this idea: CA (9 areas), CO (3), ID (1), MT (1), NM (2), NV (2), OR (2), UT (3), and WA (1).

Feds Announce Offshore Oil and Gas Target Areas

Offshore oil and gas drilling from 2012-2017 would be focused in the western and central Gulf of Mexico and off the shores of northern and southern Alaska, if the Dept. of Interior's proposed plan and draft programmatic environmental impact statement, released Nov. 8, 2011, are accepted as is. A 60-day public comment period ends Jan. 9, 2012.


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