Category Archives: Analysis

Supreme Court of Texas hears arguments for underground trespassing case

On January 7, 2014, the Texas State Supreme Court heard arguments on a controversial case, the ramifications of which could have far reaching consequences for the state’s oil and gas industry. The issue at hand is what has become known … Continue reading

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$687 million proposed to aid drought-stricken California

In response to California’s severe drought conditions, lawmakers have proposed a $687 million emergency drought relief plan to aid drought-stricken areas. The funds would be distributed across multiple sectors, including areas that face acute water supplies and agricultural producers. A … Continue reading

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Mexican drug cartels: A big fracking problem

Earlier this week on Wednesday, the NAFTA summit was held in Toluca, Mexico where President Obama, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto met to discuss a wide array of economic and political issues. Saving the … Continue reading

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40 years of the Endangered Species Act

The Endangered Species Act (ESA) of 1973 marked its 40th anniversary on December 28, 2013 prompting reflection on the health of our ecological systems – particularly on the impact of the ESA over the last 40 years. As with many … Continue reading

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Personal drones: The latest data resource for Phase I ESAs?

It may sound crazy, but drones could soon be serving as a vital research tool for environmental consulting firms and relied upon as an information source similar to the historical sources that are currently utilized in Phase I environmental site … Continue reading

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Typhoon Haiyan strikes the Philippines – Mapping technology supports relief efforts

One week ago the super-typhoon Haiyan crashed into the Philippines, wreaking havoc upon everything in its path. The United Nations and local agencies have released conflicting death tolls but as of today, Friday November 15, 2013, the BBC reports that “National … Continue reading

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Aerial gondolas: The next great (urban) transportation device?

  Have you ever sat in traffic and wished your car could rise to the air and fly past everyone else? I have. That is why I feel compelled to bring you, what is in my opinion, the next great … Continue reading

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Determining the social cost of carbon emissions

In 2009, the Obama administration formed the Interagency Working Group on Social Cost of Carbon. The group draws on the latest science and data models to calculate the costs and benefits of reducing greenhouse gas emissions through federal regulations. According … Continue reading

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Lending services to non-profits makes me happy

At Banks Environmental Data, I have the opportunity to work on various environmental projects representing a wide range of applications for both public and private sectors. It is always a privilege to work on any environmental study whether it’s a … Continue reading

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Supreme Court denies Texas claim to Oklahoma water

Texas policymakers emphasizing additional water resources over conservation On Thursday, June 11, 2013 the United States Supreme Court denied Texas’s claim to a stretch of the Red River, which extends into Oklahoma territory. This decision was the end of Tarrant … Continue reading

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Funding slashed for FEMA Hazard Mapping and Risk Analysis Program

Last August, we informed you that President Obama signed into law the Flood Insurance Reform Act, which introduced changes to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The legislation was implemented to improve efficiency of the program while equipping FEMA with … Continue reading

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Keystone XL and pipeline leaks in the United States

  Most everyone has heard about the proposed Keystone XL pipeline at this point. The international pipeline is proposed to deliver Canadian crude oil from northeastern Alberta to markets and refineries in the United States. The pipeline is already partially … Continue reading

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