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A day spent on a frack operation in the Permian Basin of Texas-- the nation's highest-producing oilfield. The Basin was once the floor of an ancient seabed that today is laden with hydrocarbons.
April 25, 2016
EPA official measures the pH
Arizona Sen. John McCain is calling for a Justice Department criminal investigation of last summer’s Gold King Mine spill. McCain is part of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, which held a field hearing in Phoenix on Friday.
April 22, 2016
mine spill
Committee members want to know why more hasn’t been done to address last summer’s massive Gold King Mine spill that contaminated a river that Navajo farmers rely on.
April 21, 2016
Irving Shaggy
Hundreds of Navajo farmers lost their crops last season because a Colorado mine spill shut down the San Juan River. The federal government says the water’s ok. But the Navajo canal remains closed. And the question of whether to turn the water on has divided the community.
April 20, 2016
Lisa Teller
In the tiny community of Birdsprings, Arizona, there’s a Navajo mother who wants to bring her baby girl home. But she can’t. Her daughter is hooked up to a machine in Phoenix. She needs a small intestine transplant. But the doctors say she can’t have one because her family doesn’t have running water.
April 19, 2016
uranium mine
The federal government is cleaning up a long legacy of uranium mining on the Navajo Nation. Many Navajo people have died of kidney failure and cancer — conditions linked to uranium contamination. And new research from the CDC shows uranium in babies born today.
April 18, 2016
Nearly a dozen Texas cities, counties, hospital and school districts are facing the possibility of a bond credit downgrade in the coming months. That's because these local institutions rely on energy-related tax revenue, which has fallen precipitously. And the possibility of bond downgrades is a threat facing other energy-producing states in the southwest.
April 14, 2016
New Mexico's governor Susana Martinez announced on Monday that the state is ready to launch multiple infrastructure projects with funds from a $74 million dollar settlement with the Department of Energy.
April 05, 2016
mine spill
Just in time for boating season, EPA officials said Thursday the Animas and San Juan Rivers are safe for recreation. That’s after the agency accidentally released 3 million gallons of mine waste last summer.
March 25, 2016
Lake Powell
The Colorado River and other Western river levels are expected to drop as much as 27 percent during the 21st century. That’s according to a climate change report released on World Water Day (March 22) by the Interior Department.
March 24, 2016

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