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Coal and Petroleum Resources in the Appalachian Basin: Distribution, Geologic Framework, and Geochemical Character

Categories: Energy,Geology/Mining,Virginia Issues

http://pubs.usgs.gov/pp/1708/

A modern indepth collection of reports, cross sections and maps that describe the geology of the Appalachian Basin and its fossil fuel resources.  From the U. S. Geological Survey

 

Coal Assessments and Coal Research in the Appalachian Basin

Categories: Energy,Geology/Mining,Virginia Issues

http://pubs.usgs.gov/pp/1708/d4/pdf/pp1708_d4.pdf

Discusses the current status of coal in the Appalachian region and research efforts relating to coal, especially the potential for carbon dioxide sequestration in unmined coal beds and other geologic reservoirs.  From the U. S. Geological Survey

 

Oil and Gas: Hydraulic Fracturing on Federal and Indian Lands

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

https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2015-06658.pdf

Text of final regulations, nearly 400 pages in length, relating to hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas exploration on public and Indian lands.  The rules are designed to protect community water supplies and require more public information about chemicals and methods used for extraction.  From the Interior Department

 

Changes in the Arctic: Background and Issues for Congress

Categories: Arctic/Antarctic,Canada,Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Geology/Mining,Russia,Science/Technology

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R41153.pdf

Reviews climate and political changes relating to the Arctic, the scramble among Arctic countries for mineral rights, and other potentially destabilizing issues.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

2014 Annual Report of the Government of the United States of America for the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights Initiative

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Energy,Foreign Affairs,Geology/Mining

http://www.state.gov/j/drl/rls/vprpt/2014/239362.htm

Describes U.S. efforts in the past year to promote principles that guide oil, gas, and mining companies in providing security for their operations in a manner that respects human rights.  From the State Department

 

Geotechnical Aspects in the Epicentral Region of the 2011 Mw5.8 Mineral Virginia Earthquake

Categories: Geology/Mining,Statistics,Virginia Issues,Weather/Disasters

http://specialpapers.gsapubs.org/content/509/151

Documents geological details of the August 23, 2011 Virginia earthquake to help assess current geoengineering practices in the region as well as the seismic performance of the region’s aging infrastructure.  Abstract only is available free.  From the U.S. Geological Survey

 

Understanding Nutrients in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and Implications for Management and Restoration—The EasternShore

http://pubs.usgs.gov/circ/1406/pdf/circ1406.pdf

The Eastern Shore only includes 7% of the Bay watershed  but contribute a disproportionate amount of nitrogen and phosphorus to Bay waters.  This report covers the importance of the Eastern Shore to the Bay, the major sources of nitrogen and phosphorus, and the management practices that would be most effective in mitigating the problem.  From the U.S. Geological Survey

 

Mineral Commodity Summaries 2015

Categories: Business/Economics,Geology/Mining,Statistics

http://minerals.usgs.gov/minerals/pubs/mcs/2015/mcs2015.pdf

Annual report which includes statistics on about 90 mineral commodities essential to the U.S. economy and national security.  Covers amount produced, dollar value, plus events, trends, and issues in the domestic and international mineral industries.  From the U.S. Geological Survey

 

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