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Earl Gregg Swem Library

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

 

Presidential Task Force on Combating IUU Fishing and Seafood Fraud: Action Plan for Implementing the Task Force Recommendations

Categories: Foreign Trade/Investment,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Natural Resources

http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/ia/iuu/noaa_taskforce_report_final.pdf

Describes the international and domestic steps that will be taken to track seafood from harvest to entry into U.S. commerce to prevent illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing.  From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 

Wind Vision: A New Era for Wind Power in the United States

Categories: Energy,Headlines,Natural Resources

http://www.energy.gov/sites/prod/files/WindVision_Report_final.pdf

Presents a new vision for wind energy in the U.S. through 2050.  This report assesses the potential economic, environmental, and social benefits of a scenario where U.S. wind power supplies 10% of the nation’s electrical demands in 2020, 20% in 2030, and 35% in 2050.  From the Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy of the Energy Department

 

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

 

Targeting Investments to Cost Effectively Restore and Protect Wetland Ecosystems: Some Economic Insights

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Environment,Natural Resources,Prices/Inflation,Statistics

http://www.ers.usda.gov/media/1784721/err183.pdf

Discusses eight benefits in restoring wetlands and also presents county-level estimates of the costs of restoring and preserving wetlands in the U.S.  From the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture

 

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

 

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