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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Annual Coal Report 2013

Categories: Energy,Prices/Inflation,Statistics

http://www.eia.gov/coal/annual/pdf/acr.pdf

Provides information about coal production, number of mines, productive capacity, reserves, employment, prices and more.  Coal production fell below one billion short tons for the first time since 1993.  From the Energy Information Administration

 

2017-2022 Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Draft Proposed Program

Categories: Defense/Military,Energy,Environment,Geology/Mining,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Virginia Issues

http://www.boem.gov/2017-2022-DPP/

Includes 14 potential lease sales in eight areas including the Mid-Atlantic off the Virginia coast.  Proposes priority development in the Gulf of Mexico and “one potential lease sale late in the program for … areas offshore Virginia, North and South Carolina, and Georgia. Calls for geological and geophysical surveying activities in an area 50 miles offshore.  From the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management of the U.S. Department of the Interior

 

Shale Gas and EU Energy Security

Categories: Energy,European Union

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/etudes/BRIE/2014/542167/EPRS_BRI%282014%29542167_REV1_EN.pdf

This paper addresses the question whether and to what extent shale gas can contribute to European energy security. While some European regions have significant shale resources, issues of public acceptance and environmental impact will make it more expensive to acquire.  From the European Parliamentary Research Service

 

U.S. Crude Oil Export Policy: Background and Considerations

Categories: Congress,Energy,Environment,Foreign Trade/Investment,Laws/Regulations,Prices/Inflation

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43442.pdf

Examines the historical reasons for restrictions on the exporting of crude oil by the U.S., the current push to drop or revise the ban, and various considerations that need to be kept in mind including price effects, energy security, international trade policy, and environmental issues. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Trends in Hydraulic Fracturing Distributions and Treatment Fluids, Additives, Proppants, and Water Volumes Applied to Wells Drilled in the United States from 1947 through 2010 …

Categories: Energy,Environment,Geology/Mining,Natural Resources,Science/Technology

http://pubs.usgs.gov/sir/2014/5131/pdf/sir2014-5131.pdf#

Identifies hydraulic fracturing trends in drilling methods and use of fluids/chemical additives in nearly 1 million wells drilled in the U.S.  over a 60 year time period.  Compares these findings to the literature to establish a common understanding of how newer technology has affected water use volumes and other factors.  From the U.S. Geological Survey

 

2015 Pocket Guide to Transportation

Categories: Energy,Environment,Foreign Trade/Investment,Statistics,Traffic Accidents,Transportation

http://www.rita.dot.gov/bts/bts/sites/rita.dot.gov.bts/files/Pocket%20Guide%202015.pdf

A collection of statistics that provides key information and highlights major trends in the U.S. transportation system.  Covers infrastructure, moving people and goods, economic issues, safety, and the environment.  From the Bureau of Transportation Statistics

 

2014 Final Rule: Disposal of Coal Combustion Residuals from Electric Utilities

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Energy,Environment,Headlines,Laws/Regulations

http://www2.epa.gov/coalash/coal-ash-rule

Text of the first federal regulation providing for the safe disposal of coal ash from coal-fired power plants.  The final rule establishes safeguards to protect communities from coal ash impoundment failures and prevent groundwater contamination and air emissions.  From the Environmental Protection Agency

 

Federal Lands and Natural Resources: Overview and Selected Issues for the 113th Congress

Categories: Animals/Wildlife,Climate Change,Energy,Geology/Mining,Govt Finance,Natural Resources,Recreation/Travel

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43429.pdf

Discusses issues involved in questions of federal land acquisition and management.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

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