Southwest (AZ NM OK TX)

Native American Tribes Approve Proposal Securing Colorado River Water

"The Navajo Nation Council has signed off on a proposed settlement that would ensure water rights for its tribe and two others in the drought-stricken Southwest -- a deal that could become the most expensive enacted by Congress."

Source: AP, 05/24/2024

‘Heat Dome’ Leads To Sweltering In Mexico, Central America And US South

"Extreme heat in Mexico, Central America and parts of the U.S. South has left millions of people in sweltering temperatures, strained energy grids and resulted in iconic Howler monkeys in Mexico dropping dead from trees."

Source: AP, 05/24/2024

"Navajo Nation Urges Congress To Act On RECA Expansion Bill"

"Kathleen Tsosie remembers seeing her dad come home every evening with his clothes covered in dirt. ... Tsosie’s father, grandfather, and uncles all worked as uranium miners on the Navajo Nation near Cove, Arizona, from the 1940s to the 1960s. The dirt Tsosie’s father was caked in when he arrived home came from the mines, and the cold water he brought back was from the nearby springs."

Source: Arizona Mirror, 05/20/2024

Endangered Listing For Lizard Could Slow Drilling In New Mexico, W. Texas

"Federal wildlife officials declared a rare lizard in southeastern New Mexico and West Texas an endangered species Friday, citing future energy development, sand mining and climate change as the biggest threats to its survival in one of the world’s most lucrative oil and natural gas basins."

Source: AP, 05/20/2024

"New Mexico Loophole May Allow Record Methane Releases"

"In the first two months of the year, the pipeline company Targa Northern Delaware vented more climate-damaging natural gas from its operations in New Mexico than all other oil and gas producers in the state combined — 250% more, an amount equivalent to the carbon footprint of nearly 26,000 gasoline-powered cars driven for a year."

Source: Capital & Main, 05/16/2024

U.S. Oil and Gas Production Is Booming. So Are Donations to GOP Allies

"August Pfluger, an Air Force veteran and member of the U.S. House representing a small district in West Texas, isn’t exactly a household name on the national political scene, with little press coverage in the last two months outside a recent Fox News appearance. But he is the country’s top recipient of campaign contributions from the oil and gas industry".

Source: Capital & Main, 05/07/2024

Oil Companies Contaminated a Family Farm. Regulators Let Them Walk Away.

"The oil and gas industry has reaped profits without ensuring there will be money to plug and clean up their wells. In Oklahoma, that work could cost more than $7 billion if it falls to the state."

Source: ProPublica/Capital & Main, 05/07/2024

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