Problem: The Lobos CO2 pipeline has been proposed to traverse land owned primarily by Native Americans and land grant heirs. The health and cultural well-being of this population is at risk and their voices are largely underrepresented. This project tests an innovative geospatial approach to visualize concerns expressed by these residents.
Methods: Through collaboration with Human Impact Partners, a four-step geospatial approach was created: 1) Focus group participants placed stickers on maps as areas of health concern and culturally significant locations in the vicinity of the proposed route, 2) data was digitized into a Geographic Information System (GIS), 3) hot spots were calculated and mapped, 4) reasons for concern were analyzed in GIS based off of content analysis performed on focus group transcripts.
Results: Health concerns associated with the proposal overlap greatly with areas of cultural significance. This study will allow residents to authoritatively represent their beliefs to policy-makers.
Keywords: Health, Culture, Environmental Justice, Geographic Information Systems, GIS