Southwest (AZ NM OK TX)

Giant Baytown Refinery Complex Wants To Expand Amid Community Backlash

"Exxon’s Baytown complex in the Houston-area has the third largest oil refinery in the U.S. and is requesting permit renewal for its olefins plant despite repeated violations to the Clean Air Act."

Source: EHN, 02/15/2024

"Arizona Monument Created By Biden Faces Volley Of Lawsuits"

"Opponents of a sprawling national monument surrounding the Grand Canyon National Park on Monday launched a pair of lawsuits challenging the site, opening another front in a Republican effort to roll back presidential authority to protect federal lands."

Source: E&E News, 02/14/2024

Chemical Plants, Terrorism and Regulations May Be Back on the Agenda

For years, high-risk U.S. industrial facilities fell under a federal anti-terrorism program to ensure their potentially lethal chemicals would not become terrorist targets. But when the program expired last year, something unexpected happened. Veteran chemical industry reporter Jeff Johnson has a behind-the-scenes look at the maneuvering over how best to secure the country’s dangerous chemical stores.

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Images Raise Hopes Of Return Of Wild Jaguars To The US

"Jaguars once roamed throughout the American south-west, but they were hunted to local extinction by the 1960s. In the 1990s, the elusive cat began to occasionally reappear in the rugged Sky Islands mountain ranges in New Mexico and Arizona. Now, a series of sightings in the region over the past year marks the endangered predators’ tentative return."

Source: Guardian, 02/07/2024
February 21, 2024

SEJ Webinar: How To Use Data From Grist's Land Grab University 2.0 Investigation

In this SEJ webinar, you'll learn how to use state trust land data from Grist's latest project, a follow up to the 2020 High Country News investigation, which examined how land grant institutions got their land and money. We'll show you how to use our data set on Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming. 1-2pm ET.

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"Pollution Has Made Houston Ship Channel Communities A ‘Sacrifice Zone’"

"The average life expectancy in predominantly nonwhite communities along the Houston Ship Channel, the site of largely unregulated petrochemical production, is up to 20 years less than nearby predominantly white communities, according to a report released Thursday by Amnesty International"

Source: The Hill, 01/26/2024

Tribes, Greens Ask US Court To Block $10B Transmission Project In Arizona

"A federal judge is being asked to issue a stop-work order on a $10 billion transmission line being built through a remote southeastern Arizona valley to carry wind-generated electricity to customers as far away as California."

Source: AP, 01/24/2024
February 2, 2024

Meet-and-Greet With SEJ Board Members and Staff in Phoenix

Join SEJ board members and staff at State 48 Brewery in downtown Phoenix, Ariz., 5:00-7:00 p.m., for a happy hour meet-and-greet. Get to know your fellow local environmental journalists, share your SEJ ideas and start gearing up for the 2025 SEJ annual conference, which will take place in Phoenix. All are welcome!

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