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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Secretary of Energy Advisory Board Task Force Report on FracFocus 2.0

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Energy,Geology/Mining

Recommends actions that will improve the effectiveness of the public disclosure of chemical additives used in the fracking process for unconventional gas production.  Calls for full disclosure of constituents of fracturing fluids despite claims of trade secrets exemptions.  From the Department of Energy


2013 Annual Report of the Government of the United States of America for the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights Initiative

Categories: Business/Economics,Civil/Human Rights,Foreign Affairs,Geology/Mining,Treaties

Describes U.S. activities over the past year to implement the principles created to minimize human rights risks associated with extractive minerals activities by a group of countries, businesses, and nongovernmental organizations.  The voluntary principles are considered a benchmark for responsible business practice in the most challenging environments.  From the State Department


Characterization of the Marcellus Shale Based on Computer-Assisted Correlation of Wireline Logs in Virginia and West Virginia

Categories: Geology/Mining,Maps/Geography

Provides information about the thickness and composition of the Marcellus Shale layer in Virginia and West Virginia.  From the U.S. Geological Survey


Preliminary Interpretation of Pre-2014 Landslide Deposits in the Vicinity of Oso, Washington

Categories: Environment,Geology/Mining,Headlines,Maps/Geography,Weather/Disasters

Presents a 2013 interpretation of the topography of the area where the tragic March2014 mudslide occurred.  From the U.S. Geological Survey


Mining, Quarrying, Oil and Gas Extraction Booming, According to First Results from 2012 Economic Census

Categories: Business/Economics,Energy,Geology/Mining,Manufacturing,Statistics

Press release with links to detailed statistical tables.  From the Census Bureau


Mineral Commodity Summaries 2014

Categories: Geology/Mining,Statistics

A to Z treatment of 90 minerals with information on trends, issues, and statistics on domestic and world production. From the U.S. Geological Survey


Responsible Sourcing of Minerals Originating in Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas: Towards an Integrated EU Approach

Categories: Africa,Civil/Human Rights,European Union,Foreign Trade/Investment,Geology/Mining,Laws/Regulations

Describes the European Union proposal for breaking the link between minerals trade and the financing of armed conflicts through a system of self-certification for importers of minerals.  From the European Commission



The 1964 Great Alaska Earthquake and Tsunamis: A Modern Perspective and Enduring Legacies

Categories: Geology/Mining,History,Science/Technology,Weather/Disasters

Recalls the worst earthquake to ever strike the U.S. and examines advances in knowledge and technology that have helped to improve earthquake preparation and response.  From the U.S.Geological Survey


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