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Why This Matters: The waste involved in these oil and gas operations is literally and figuratively sickening. Not to mention to the absolute disregard for the impacts that the pollution has on Native American ancient sites like Chaco Canyon National Historical Park. On a day when so many people are feeling an ache in their heart for the loss of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, how can we not feel the same way about the loss of the ancient temples of our continent? If oil and gas companies cannot drill responsibly, why should they be allowed to drill at all? Which is just what Presidential Candidate Senator Elizabeth Warren proposed today — a total moratorium on oil and gas drilling on federal lands and ocean waters.
To Go Deeper: Native American historic sites in the Southwest have long been subject to looting. Watch this PBS Documentary narrated by Robert Redford to learn more about another threat to these historic treasures.
by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer On Monday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a plan to implement final standards to protect residents from the adverse impacts of municipal landfills. The Trump administration previously tried to delay these protections and waive restrictions on other sources of methane emissions. The EPA’s new standards are just one in a series […]
The Environmental Protection Agency has ordered the Limetree Bay refinery in the U.S. Virgin Islands to close for at least 60 days because its operation is an “imminent risk to public health,” the agency said in a statement.
Why This Matters: The air pollution and oil that were being emitted at the plant have long caused harm to the people of St. Croix, a majority Black island.
by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Air pollution from animal farms leads to nearly 13,000 deaths annually, according to a new study that links food protection and air quality harms. The manure and animal feed from farms produce fine-particle pollution that leads to breathing issues as well as long-term health issues like heart disease and […]
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