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Earl Gregg Swem Library

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

 

Productivity and Costs by Industry: Manufacturing and Mining Industries, 2014

Categories: Geology/Mining,Labor/Employment,Manufacturing,Statistics

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/prin.pdf

Labor productivity—output per hour—increased in three-quarters of detailed manufacturing and mining industries in 2014, higher than in 2013.  Unit labor costs declined in 53% of manufacturing industries and 75% of mining industries.  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics

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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

 

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