Southwest (AZ NM OK TX)

Oklahoma Quakes Decline Amid Curbs on Energy Industry’s Disposal Wells

"The number of earthquakes in Oklahoma has fallen 25% in 2016 compared with a year earlier, a decline attributed in part to actions by state regulators to police the oil and gas industry’s practice of pumping wastewater from its operations deep underground."

Source: Wall St. Journal, 07/05/2016

"Coal Ash Bedevils Oklahoma Town, Revealing Weakness Of EPA Rule"

"BOKOSHE, Oklahoma — Here in the land of wind-whipped, rolling plains, the gray dust, which sparkles in just the right light, seems inescapable. Residents of this town near the Arkansas line say they have spotted it on their grass, trees, ponds, barns, furniture and cars."

Source: Center for Public Integrity, 06/30/2016

"New Mexico Sues Colorado Over Gold King Mine Spill"

"New Mexico has filed a lawsuit against Colorado in the nation’s highest court alleging the state should be held responsible for the Gold King Mine spill and its handling of the contaminants that have leached from surrounding mines for decades."

Source: Denver Post, 06/24/2016

"Raging Wildfires in the Southwest Stretch Resources"

"Firefighters across Arizona and New Mexico battled 31 wildfires on Wednesday, their efforts complicated by a relentless heat wave and bone-dry conditions. And in the Angeles National Forest, on the northern edge of Los Angeles, two fires kept more than 300 families from their homes as the fires threatened to merge into one."

Source: NY Times, 06/23/2016

Big Bend Landowners Awarded Millions Over Pipeline; Fight Isn’t Over

"In a victory for Big Bend ranchers and conservationists, a Presidio county special commission has awarded six landowners about $2.8 million in compensation for the use of their property to construct the Trans-Pecos pipeline and the resulting loss in property value."

Source: Texas Observer, 06/15/2016

"Is Coal Ash Killing an Oklahoma Town?"

"The wind that blows through Bokoshe, Okla. is an ominous one. A small, low-income town near the Arkansas border, Bokoshe sits in the shadow of a coal power plant. Its toxic byproduct, coal ash, is trucked daily to a nearby dump, and when the wind blows through town, that ash rains down on its residents. They believe it is to blame for the asthma and cancer that runs rampant there."

Source: InsideClimate News, 06/13/2016


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