Back for another semester..

December 19, 2013 Leave a comment

We are back for another semester of the environmental justice class at Texas A&M University.  Students will be posting their thoughts and comments for the next several months, and I will be adding my own two cents moving forward.  Great to be back!


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Burning issue: ‘Waste-to-energy’ plants take off in bid to cut garbage, fuel use

May 26, 2013 Leave a comment
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Texas Tribune – El Paso Power Plant Draws Community Opposition

May 20, 2013 Leave a comment

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid Newsroom

When Ralph Carrasco was considering adding a chimney to his new home in far east El Paso County’s Montana Vista subdivision in November, he got some startling news from his builder, and it was not about the estimated price of the project. The area’s giant utility monopoly was looking to set up shop less than a half-mile from his house.

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Renamed site

May 19, 2013 Leave a comment

Dear Friends and Followers, just a note on the name change. I decided to switch the order of the blog’s title and subtitle. The change better reflects material posted on the blog.

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Dakota Rural Action supports tribes in rejecting Keystone XL

May 18, 2013 Leave a comment

Dakota Rural Action

Dakota Rural Action board chair Paul Seamans speaks in solidarity with indigenous tribes in rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline during a press conference in Rapid City, South Dakota, on May 16, 2013. In an act of unification, 10 tribes walked out on a State Department consultation and demanded to meet with President Obama on their own terms.

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No peace pipe: Native American tribes on warpath over Keystone XL pipeline from

May 18, 2013 Leave a comment


Leaders from 11 Native American tribes stormed out of a meeting with US federal officials in Rapid City, South Dakota, to protest the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which they say will lead to ‘environmental genocide.’

Native Americans are opposed to the 1,179-mile (1,897km) Keystone XL project, a system to transport tar sands oil from Canada and the northern United States to refineries in Texas for various reasons, including possible damage to sacred sites, pollution, and water contamination.

Although the planned pipeline would not pass directly through any Native American reservation, tribes in proximity to the proposed system say it will violate their traditional lands and that the environmental risks of the project are simply too great.

Russ Girling, CEO of TransCanada, the company that hopes to build the pipeline, has promised in the past that Keystone XL will be “the safest pipeline ever built.”

The Indian groups, as well as…

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West, Texas Plant Explosion and Land Use Planning

May 18, 2013 Leave a comment
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