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Thursday, March 10th, 2016

The Heroic Resistance of a Latino Community Besieged by Fracking

*I thought you’d find this interesting. Kern County, California is 51.5% Latino and it generates more than 95% of the fracking oil output in the state. It has one of the highest asthma rates in the country. Two million Californians live within a mile of oil or gas development, of these, 92% are persons of

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

Poor, minorities carry the burden of frack waste in South Texas

*Fracking industry representatives say the study is flawed. The concern is that fracking wastewater will contaminate groundwater. And there are 217,000 minorities living within three miles of a fracking waste water well. Eighty-three percent of them are...

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

Latino Leaders Stand Up for Clean Air

*According to the National Hispanic Medical Association “As of 2008, 4.7 million Hispanics had been diagnosed with asthma. In their lifetime, Latinos are three times more likely to die from asthma than other racial or ethnic groups.”...

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

Resurrecting the Legacy of Selena

*If Selena were alive. I know how it sounds, but it a good read. VL By Michelle Garcia, Texas Observer If only Selena were here. I keep wondering what the world would look like, what Texas might...

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth

By  Dr. Herny Flores, NewsTaco The horrible earthquakes that have recently ravaged Nepal have left me thinking about the strange situation of Texas.  What, you say do these two countries have in common.  Yes, Texas is a...

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Mexico’s drug cartels are standing in the way of a fracking bonanza

By Steve LeVine, Reuters/Quartz MEXICO CITY—If all goes well, drillers responsible for a shale-oil bonanza in Texas will soon cross the southern US border and extend the hydraulic fracturing boom to Mexico. But first the Mexican government, foreign oil companies...

Monday, February 17th, 2014

American Media Misses the Story on Mexican Oil Reform

By Shannon Young , Texas Observer On Dec. 12, 2013, Mexican legislators approved controversial, far-reaching reforms to the country’s energy sector. Outside the federal legislative chambers in Mexico City, protesters pounded on metal barriers with rocks and spoons, while...

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

Latin America Green News

By Amanda Maxwell, La Onda Verde de NRDC Chile Chile’s Minister of Energy, Jorge Bunster, proposed a new tender system for renewable energy, which would competitively bid out renewable energy contracts to independent generators. This proposal would...

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Latinos Getting Fracked?

By Jose Gonzalez, NewsTaco 2012 closed with an interesting note: As reported in this article from Reuters, the term “fracking” was more popular than “climate change” in US online searches. Fracking, the common term for hydraulic fracturing,...

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

These Earthquakes are Fracking Scary

By Adam Schwitters, Burnt Orange Report  According to seismologist Bill Ellsworth, lead author of a recent USGS study, there has been a “remarkable increase” in earthquakes magnitude 3.0 or greater in the midwest and southern plains in the...