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CSPO enLIGHTeNING Lunch Series

Coal, Water, and Energy Development in the Four Corners

  • Daniel Higgins

  • NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellow

In 1974, the National Research Council warned that the Four Corners region of the Colorado Plateau could become a national sacrifice zone if, in order to satisfy the southwest’s nearly inexorable demand for energy, it was strip-mined for coal. By that time however, the wholesale exploitation of the region’s coal and groundwater resources was well underway as some of the world’s largest coal mines and power plants, each within the Hopi and Navajo reservation lands, had commenced operations.

Join us as Daniel Higgins weaves together a story that touches on the water-energy nexus, federal requirements for risk assessment, deterministic modeling, regulatory oversight and decision-making on tribal lands, social and environmental justice, and the pathology of natural resource development.

Daniel received his doctoral degree from the University of Arizona’s interdisciplinary program, Arid Lands Resource Sciences and is currently a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellow at the Consortium for Science, Policy, and Outcomes where he is expanding the geographic scale of his research to include the mining and electricity generation facilities in northwestern New Mexico.

Part of the Consortium for Science, Policy, and Outcomes enLIGHTeNING Lunch series.

Please RSVP.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
(lunch will be provided)