Southwest (AZ NM OK TX)

Judge Finds Army Corps Liable for Harvey Damage From Two Dams

"A federal judge on Tuesday ruled the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was liable for damage caused by its decision to retain floodwaters upstream of the Addicks and Barker reservoirs during Hurricane Harvey, a move that caused severe and widespread flooding to homes and businesses on the far-west outreaches of the Houston region."

Source: Houston Chronicle, 12/18/2019

EPA Watchdog Finds Air Pollution Monitoring Fell Short During Harvey

"The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Inspector General found that state and federal environmental regulators didn't start monitoring air quality soon enough during the monster storm, which brought a spike in hazardous emissions from industrial facilities."

Source: Texas Tribune, 12/17/2019

Hundreds Of New Wells May Dry Up One Of Arizona's Most Precious Rivers

"A flash of red streaked through the trees: a vermilion flycatcher. The brightly colored bird chirped and trilled, adding to a chorus that rang from the towering trees. ... The ecosystem depends on the river, and the river itself depends on an unseen source. Much of its flow is fed by groundwater, emerging from the aquifer in springs and seeps, sustaining the river."

Source: Arizona Republic, 12/09/2019

Pipeline Giant Sues Railroad Commission For Lax Oversight Of Gas Flaring

"A major pipeline operator is suing the Texas Railroad Commission — the state agency that regulates oil and gas drilling — alleging that it has blatantly disregarded longstanding state law that restricts the controversial and growing practice of burning off natural gas."

Source: Texas Tribune, 12/05/2019

"Arizona Prepares to Lose Federal Water Protections"

"The vast majority of Arizona waters now regulated by the state under the federal Clean Water Act could be excluded from protection under the Trump administration’s narrowed definitions of federal waters, according to state environmental officials."

Source: Bloomberg Environment, 11/13/2019


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