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Preliminary Methodology to Assess the National and Regional Impact of U.S. Wind Energy Development on Birds and Bats

Categories: Animals/Wildlife,Energy,Environment,Natural Resources,Science/Technology

http://pubs.usgs.gov/sir/2015/5066/pdf/sir2015-5066.pdf

Describes the components of the methodology, the underlying assumptions, and its usefulness in identifying species that may require additional protection.  From the U.S. Geological Survey

 

Gasoline Prices: Cyclical Trends and Market Developments

Categories: Energy,Prices/Inflation,Science/Technology,Statistics

http://www.bls.gov/opub/btn/volume-4/gasoline-prices-cyclical-trends-market-developments.htm

Discusses the influence on recent gasoline prices caused by seasonality in gasoline refining and the so-called shale revolution which changed the U.S. since 2009 from a crude oil importer to a gasoline exporter.  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics

 

 

Adrenal Gland and Lung Lesions in Gulf of Mexico Common Bottlenose Dolphins … Found Dead Following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

Categories: Animals/Wildlife,Energy,Environment,Headlines,Natural Resources,Science/Technology

http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0126538

Finds that exposure to elevated levels of petroleum compounds in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico following the BP oil spill was the probable cause of a high death rate among dolphins since 2010.  From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Public Library of Science.

 

Virginia Offshore Oil and Gas Readiness Study

Categories: Energy,Geology/Mining,Virginia Issues

http://leg2.state.va.us/dls/h&sdocs.nsf/By+Year/RD1302015/$file/RD130.pdf

Evaluates Virginia’s potential to assume a leadership role in the exploration, development, and production of new petroleum resources.  From the Virginia Department of Minerals, Mines and Energy

 

Geochemical and Mineralogical Sampling of the Devonian Shales in the Broadtop Synclinorium, Appalachian Basin, in Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania

Categories: Energy,Geology/Mining,Virginia Issues

http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2015/1061/pdf/ofr2015-1061.pdf

Reports results of geological tests in the cited states for the presence of shale gas deposits.  From the U.S. Geological Society

 

Civilian Nuclear Waste Disposal

Categories: Energy,Environment,Nuclear Energy,Waste Management

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RL33461.pdf

Discusses recent developments in the long struggle to dispose of highly radioactive waste from U.S. nuclear reactors and what current policy and regulations exist.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment Data

Categories: Energy,Environment,Maps/Geography

https://dwhdiver.orr.noaa.gov/

Interactive site for exploring the massive amounts of data  collected by different sources during the five years following the BP Deepwater Horizon spill

National Transportation Statistics Updated

Categories: Energy,Environment,Statistics,Transportation

http://www.rita.dot.gov/bts/press_releases/dot039_15

Latest quarterly notice of the updating of 66 data tables in the 260 table National Transportation Statistics website, which covers transportation safety, system, energy and environmental factors.  From the Bureau of Transportation Statistics

 

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