Featured image by Michelle McCarron Editor’s note: This is the latest installment from Will Falk as he follows the Colorado River from headwaters to delta, before heading to court to argue for the Colorado River to be recognized as having inherent rights. More details on the lawsuit are here. The index of dispatches is here. by Will … Continue reading Colorado River Dispatch #1: What Does the River Need?
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
By Wildlife Conservation Society A study by the Wildlife Conservation Society documents that intense development of the two largest natural gas fields in the continental U.S. are driving away some wildlife from their traditional wintering grounds. Researchers tracking 125 female pronghorn in Wyoming’s vast Jonah and PAPA gas fields using GPS collars discovered an 82 … Continue reading Study finds that natural gas development is heavily displacing antelope populations
By Environment News Service A natural gas drilling rush is on in rural North Dakota. And with it, residents are reporting growing numbers of respiratory ailments, skin lesions, blood oozing from eyes, and the deaths of livestock and pets. Elsewhere, residents of Texas, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Wyoming and other states who thought they’d hit the lottery … Continue reading Fracking industry has spent $726 million on lobbying since 2001