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Enviros sue to stop fracking near Petrified Forest National Park

Three environmental groups sued the Bureau of Land Management Monday to prevent fracking for natural gas and oil in more than 4,000 acres of public land near a national forest in Arizona and the state’s most important aquifer.... Read more»

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Elias defends Clean Water Act in U.S. Senate hearing

Pima County Supervisor Richard Elias told federal lawmakers that a plan to limit the so-called Waters of the United States rule would end up eliminating clean-water protections for “rivers like the Santa Cruz, the Salt, the Gila.”... Read more»

Court orders new hearing for groups trying to ban lead ammo in Kaibab

A federal appeals court Thursday ordered a new hearing for environmental groups trying to ban the use of lead shot in Kaibab National Forest that they said poses a threat to endangered California condors.... Read more»

BP plans 63 miles of new border wall, up to 30 ft. high, in 3 protected Az wilderness areas

The Border Patrol is seeking to construct nearly 63 miles of new border walls, rising up to 30 feet tall, along three protected wilderness areas in Southern Arizona. ... Read more»

A virtual wall may be the solution to protect wildlife at the border

Wildlife advocates say animals like the jaguar are at risk if President Donald Trump builds his planned border wall. But jaguars and their advocates may have an unlikely ally – the technology used in driverless cars.... Read more»

Critics blast DHS environmental waivers that clear way for border wall

The Department of Homeland Security confirmed that it will waive dozens of environmental, health and other laws to clear the way for construction on about 58 miles of border barriers, including 12 miles of fencing near Yuma.... Read more»

Report: Tucson, Phoenix among fastest-warming cities in nation since 1970

Phoenix and Tucson were two of the fastest-warming cities in the nation over the last five decades, according to a Climate Central report based on government data.... Read more»

Paws on the ground: Mexican gray wolf numbers rise, but long-term viability still a concern

The Mexican gray wolf population grew by 14 last year, which conservationists are happy about but not so happy they think the animal's long-term prospects are secure.... Read more»

Migrating monarchs dwindling, but experts say it’s not all doom and gloom

Monarch butterflies have dwindled to the point that they’re being considered for protection under the Endangered Species Act. Tucson's Center for Biological Diversity sued, and a settlement requires a decision by June.... Read more»

Republicans blast Green New Deal, Democrats say GOP is playing politics

The “Green New Deal” faced its first test vote in the Senate and a renewed round of criticism from Republicans, who called the expansive environmental bill a “Soviet-style takeover” of the economy.... Read more»

Report: Mexican gray wolf is a subspecies, keeps endangered status

The endangered Mexican gray wolf still has endangered species status – for now. ... Read more»

Rosemont plan approved — but here's why it might not happen fast

Hudbay Minerals said Thursday that it has received the approved Mine Plan of Operations for the proposed Rosemont mine project, the final step in the permitting process.... Read more»

Ajo BP agents apprehend 240 people in 48 hours

Customs and Border Protection will begin building five miles of fence along the southern border of the Organ Pipe Refuge, as people from Central America continue to cross the border and turn themselves in to seek asylum. ... Read more»

Forest Service under fire for cutting old-growth trees in eastern Az

The decision to cut more than 1,300 old-growth trees last summer in an Arizona forest has been criticized for breaking trust with the thinning project’s backers.... Read more»

Supreme Court limits ability to designate endangered species habitat

The Supreme Court made it harder Tuesday for the government to designate critical habitat for endangered species, in a ruling that logging giant Weyerhaeuser and business and property rights groups said corrects bureaucratic overreach.... Read more»

Trump plan to boost Western water by easing rules worries advocates

Trump's plan to streamline regulations on new water projects is too simple, too vague or a worthwhile move to ease burdens, depending on the source. ... Read more»

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