SciAm: Water Use Rises as Fracking Expands.
“Oil and natural gas fracking, on average, uses more than 28 times the water it did 15 years ago, gulping up to 9.6 million gallons of water per well and putting farming and drinking sources at risk in arid states, especially during drought. Those are the results of a U.S. Geological Survey study published by the American Geophysical Union ...”
In which case, the technique should be banned in any drought-risk area. Common sense, please?
SciAm: Cactus As Biofuel Could Help With Food-Versus-Fuel Fight.
Come. Take our invasive chain cholla cactus by the dumpsterload. And we’ll bless you.
BBC: Who, What, Why: What should you do if you encounter a bear?
Discover: Smoke From Wildfires in Canada Stream Across Much of the Central United States.
Gee, thanks ... we’ve had plenty, really.
Guardian.UK: New report estimates enough natural gas is leaking to negate climate benefits.
“The leaks are the equivalent to the greenhouse gases produced by 5.6m cars.” Man, I don’t doubt any of it.
SF Reporter: Laissez-faire approach to fire in Santa Fe National Forest is clearing out dry fuels.
“TThe blue haze seen on Santa Fe’s horizon over the weekend was the result of a 3,500-acre fire burning west of Socorro just outside the community of Magdalena in the Cibola National Forest and Grasslands.”
JunkCulture: Photos of Shopping Bags Tangled in Bushes Call Attention to Pollution.
Familiar. I just cleaned one out this weekend. You wear gloves, long sleeves, boots. Rats love to nest underneath cactus, so there’s flea/plague risk. All in all, no fun. Bag bans save lives, you could say.
Guardian.UK/Video: Can the Republicans halt climate change?
BBC: The Texas town that banned fracking (and lost).
Extraction company strongarms. They buy a lot of influence.
Guardian.UK: Low oil prices force Oklahoma drilling workers to seek out new livelihoods.
“If only we knew then what we know now.” You did, if you’d paid any attention at all to the boom-and-bust history of the American West.
Vimeo: Timelapse of the Volcano Calbuco eruption in Southern Chile.
Guardian.UK: North American scientists call for end to tar sands mining.
The Verge: I never wanted a scooter until I met the Gogoro.
This would revolutionize touring Santa Fe.
SF New Mexican: NM Oil production surpassing 2014 levels.
Our major state revenue-maker. Unfortunately. Bad news for the environment, good news for our pockets.
BusinessInsider: Most affordable small towns.
BWAH-HAH-HAH. Waterflow, NM sits between two powerplants - true. Tip of the iceberg. Surrounded by oil wells, some of the worst air quality in the country. Unlined waste pits. Still seem like a bargain?
Nagasaki, Dresden, etc. were probably cheap too.
This post puts Business Insider on my ‘probation’ RSS list.
EcoWatch: Fracking Does Cause ‘Widespread, Systemic’ Contamination of Drinking Water.
SB Nation: Unclimbable.
“It is, I tell people, the best natural campsite I have ever visited. It’s also among the most beautiful eyefuls of landscape I’ve ever seen — its rock walls more overpowering than Zion’s, in Utah, its evening light more perfect than Hawaii’s, its peaks more menacing than Denali, and its stillness more complete than the deep rainforests of the Olympic Peninsula.” Thanks, MeFi.
Guardian.UK: Dead 17ft oarfish washes up on southern California shore.
“Let’s all pose with a dead fish!” What about detail shots of the fish, for God’s sake? It looks beautiful.
Mother Jones: Well, Well, Well, Look Who Just Endorsed a Bold Fix For Climate Change.
“Conspicuously absent from the letter are any US oil companies, like Chevron or ExxonMobil; all the signatories are European. In fact, just last week Exxon chief Rex Tillerson implicitly blasted his European peers for cozying up to the UN on climate issues, saying his company wouldn’t ‘fake it’ on climate change and that investing in renewable energy is tantamount to ‘losing money on purpose.’” *sigh*
PS Mag: The Dark Side of Oil Boomtowns: A Discussion on Reddit.
Next Monday. Meth, and the crime surrounding it, is the plague of extraction areas in NM.
DailyTimes: Conservation members and landowners gather at BLM office to protest fracking near Chaco.
SciAm: Federal Dollars Are Financing the Water Crisis in the West.
“The colossal Navajo Generating Station, which burns 22,000 tons of coal a day in large part to push water hundreds of miles across Arizona, is among the nation’s biggest greenhouse gas polluters, contributing to the very climate change that is exacerbating the drought.” You start talking water in the West, you’d better be packing heat. Just sayin’. It’s way beyond a ‘hot button’ issue.
The Atlantic: Selling the Desert’s Water-Conservation Lessons to the Rest of the World.
Guardian.UK: Denton, Texas, banned fracking last year - then the frackers fought back.
“Oil and gas is allowed in every zone [in Denton, yet] bakeries aren’t allowed in every zone because there’s a bit of morning truck traffic.” I suppose they could hire some biker toughs from Waco. The state isn’t going to lift a finger.
Guardian.UK: ‘Nightmare’ California oil spill damages rare coastal ecosystem.
“Because it has not been urbanized, the Gaviota coast region, which stretches from Goleta to the northern boundary of the Vandenberg air force base, also has been viewed as the healthiest remaining coastal ecosystem in southern California – at least, until now.” *Crying*.