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Earl Gregg Swem Library

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

 

Arctic NWR Comprehensive Conservation Plan

Categories: Arctic/Antarctic,Environment,Laws/Regulations,Natural Resources

http://www.fws.gov/home/arctic-ccp/

Complete updated comprehensive conservation plan including Executive Summary.  Revises the 1988 plan to provide management direction for the next 15-20 years.  From the  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

 

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: Revised Comprehensive Conservation Plan: Final Environmental Impact Statement: Executive Summary

Categories: Arctic/Antarctic,Environment,Laws/Regulations,Natural Resources

http://www.fws.gov/home/arctic-ccp/pdfs/Executive_Summary_Jan2015.pdf

Revises the 1988 Plan to provide management direction for the next 15-20 years for the ANWR region.  From the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

 

Obama Administration Moves to Protect Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Categories: Arctic/Antarctic,Environment,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Natural Resources

http://www.doi.gov/news/pressreleases/obama-administration-moves-to-protect-arctic-national-wildlife-refuge.cfm

Agency press release with summary of plans to protect some 12 million acres of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) in northern Alaska from development.  From the Interior Department

 

The Quality of our Nation’s Waters: Water Quality in Principal Aquifers of the United States, 1991-2010

Categories: Environment,Geology/Mining,Natural Resources

http://pubs.usgs.gov/circ/1360/pdf/circ1360report.pdf

Contains the major findings of national and regional assessments of the quality of groundwater in the 60+ principal aquifers that supply most of the groundwater used in the U.S. for drinking, irrigation, and other uses.  From the U.S. Geological Survey

 

Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Environment,European Union,Foreign Trade/Investment,Labor/Employment,Treaties

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/etudes/BRIE/2015/544564/EXPO_BRI%282015%29544564_EN.pdf

Provides a series of links to and summaries of policy papers relating to the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.  The papers cover such issues as impact of the partnership on agriculture, employment, the environment, food safety, and more.  From the European Parliament

 

NASA, NOAA Find 2014 Warmest Year in Modern Record

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,Science/Technology,Statistics,Weather/Disasters

http://www.nasa.gov/press/2015/january/nasa-determines-2014-warmest-year-in-modern-record/index.html#.VLlfqWOa-JY

2014 was the warmest to date and 9 of the 10 warmest years on record have occurred since 2000.  Argues the warming trend increases the importance of climate study and the impacts of human activity.  From the National Aeronautics and Space Administration

 

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

 

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