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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Threatened Songbird’s Habitat in Arizona, New Mexico, California

Featured image by Seabamirum/Flickr.     by Center for Biological Diversity LOS ANGELES— The Center for Biological Diversity notified the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today of its intent to sue the agency for failing to protect lifesaving critical habitat for the western yellow-billed cuckoo. The songbird once ranged widely in the western United States but has declined … Continue reading Lawsuit Launched to Protect Threatened Songbird’s Habitat in Arizona, New Mexico, California

Navajo Communities Still Struggle After Mining Disaster

Featured image: The San Juan River still turns a muddy orange after a heavy rain, as sediments from the Gold King Mine spill are stirred up from the bottom.  Suzette Brewer      by Suzette Brewer / Indian Country Today Media Network SHIPROCK, New Mexico—On Friday, as the Obama administration temporarily halted construction of the Dakota Access pipeline due … Continue reading Navajo Communities Still Struggle After Mining Disaster

10 Mexican Gray Wolves to Be Released in New Mexico

By Center for Biological Diversity After pressure from the Center for Biological Diversity and allies, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Wednesday it will release about 10 Mexican gray wolves into the wilds of southwestern New Mexico–a move scientists say is crucial to reduce dangerous inbreeding of the rare creatures. Just days earlier, the … Continue reading 10 Mexican Gray Wolves to Be Released in New Mexico

The Drying of the Colorado River Basin

Perhaps more than any other area of North America, the American Southwest faces water shortages, just as demands for water increase. These colliding forces both owe their existence to industrial civilization. Deep Green Resistance chapters across the Southwest recognize the imminent catastrophe and view the preservation of our natural water supplies and systems, and the … Continue reading The Drying of the Colorado River Basin

Nine States Report Record Low Snowpack

By Cole  Mellino, for Ecowatch California gets most of the attention in drought news coverage because so much of the state is in exceptional drought—the highest level—but 72 percent of the Western U.S. is experiencing drought conditions, according to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor data. 72 percent of the West is experiencing drought conditions and 25 percent is … Continue reading Nine States Report Record Low Snowpack

Mora County New Mexico Fracking Ban Overturned

In yet another case of corporate interests trumping environmental concerns or the ability of local communities to live with autonomy and in concert with the landbase, it is being reported that Mora County, New Mexico’s “nation’s-first ban on oil and gas drilling and fracking has been overturned by a federal judge”.  We in Deep Green … Continue reading Mora County New Mexico Fracking Ban Overturned

Washington Post: Four Corners Methane Plume

By Joby Warrick, The Washington Post CUBA, N.M. — The methane that leaks from 40,000 gas wells near this desert trading post may be colorless and odorless, but it’s not invisible. It can be seen from space. Satellites that sweep over energy-rich northern New Mexico can spot the gas as it escapes from drilling rigs, … Continue reading Washington Post: Four Corners Methane Plume

NASA: Satellite Data Shows U.S. Methane ‘Hot Spot’ Bigger than Expected

By US National Aeronautics and Space Administration The Four Corners area (red) is the major U.S. hot spot for methane emissions in this map showing how much emissions varied from average background concentrations from 2003-2009 (dark colors are lower than average; lighter colors are higher). Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Michigan One small “hot spot” in … Continue reading NASA: Satellite Data Shows U.S. Methane ‘Hot Spot’ Bigger than Expected

The Mother of All Anti-Fracking Tools

The first county in the United States to outlaw fracking has an idea that could give environmentalists the upper hand—and deliver a major setback to big oil. By: Jacob Baynham, Outside Magazine, June 2014 Mora County, New Mexico, a patchwork of prairie, foothills, and high peaks on the east flank of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, … Continue reading The Mother of All Anti-Fracking Tools

Mora County, NM passes ordinance banning all oil and gas extraction

By Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund Earlier today, the County Commission of Mora County, located in Northeastern New Mexico, became the first county in the United States to pass an ordinance banning all oil and gas extraction. Drafted with assistance from the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF), the Mora County Community Water Rights and … Continue reading Mora County, NM passes ordinance banning all oil and gas extraction