MISSION: Southwest Research and Information Center is a multi-cultural organization working to promote the health of people and communities, protect natural resources, ensure citizen participation, and secure environmental and social justice now and for future generations

Energy and Natural Resources

Bringing scientific and policy research to communities and decision-makers confronted by the development and extraction of natural resources has been a core service of SRIC since the mid-1970s. SRIC's Energy and Natural Resource Policy projects focus on hard rock and coal mining, oil and gas production, landfill development, and ground water protection for more than 20 years. As the assault on land and people associated with the development of these resources continues, the public's demand for the experienced, in-depth analysis of resource extraction and waste disposal projects has grown enormously. SRIC staff conduct detailed technical analyses, develop alternative plans, provide legislative and regulatory analyses, and train community members and decision-makers. Key elements of this work currently include:

  • Active participation in the Coalition for Clean and Affordable Energy, a statewide alliance of eight consumer and environmental groups promoting renewable energy.
  • Opposing federal legislation to "bailout" the uranium industry.
  • Technical evaluations of mine remediation practices in the U.S. and elsewhere to promote improved practices and citizen involvement.

Program Objective and Goals:

Program Goal:

  • Empower people adversely affected by pollution and resource development to find community-based solutions, prevent new environmental threats, fight corporate abuse and power, and increase their direct participation in the protection of their lands, water, health, and cultures.
  • Educate and inform the public about threats to the environment, regional cultures, and democratic traditions from pollution and resource development.

Program Objectives:

  • Provide direct technical assistance to community groups.
  • Develop materials and disseminate information on environmental and social justice issues associated with mineral and energy development and waste disposal projects to dozens of community groups and individuals.
  • Provide mining-related technical assistance to affected communities in the Southwest, nationally, as part of the Western Mining Action Network, and internationally, including existing programs in Latin America, the Russian Far East and in Canada.



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