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Keystone XL Pipeline Permit Determination

Categories: Canada,Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Headlines,Transportation

Lists the reasons for the denial of the permit for TransCanada to build the pipeline across the U.S. From the State Department


Driver Electronic Device Use in 2014

Categories: Statistics,Telecommunications/Internet,Traffic Accidents,Transportation

Provides statistics on the prevalence of drivers’ use of handheld electronic devices and text messaging.   Also covers cell phone use. From the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration


U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx Announces Unmanned Aircraft Registration Requirement

Categories: Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Recreation/Travel,Science/Technology,Transportation

Press release with details about the federal government’s decision to require registration of drones. A task force will develop recommendations for the registration process by 11/20/15. Concerns have been expressed about unmanned aircraft flying higher than permitted and near airports. From the Federal Aviation Administration


Crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17

Categories: Headlines,Russia,Transportation,Weather/Disasters

The Dutch government’s investigation report on the flight which concludes that the plane was shot down by a warhead fired from a Buk surface-to-air missile system. Also examines the question of why a civilian airliner was flying over a war zone in the Ukraine. From the Dutch Safety Board


Effects of Hydrocarbon Extraction on Landscapes of the Appalachian Basin

Categories: Animals/Wildlife,Energy,Environment,Geology/Mining,Natural Resources,Transportation

Argues that shale-gas and other hydrocarbon mining activities can result in substantial landscape disturbance including the creation of wells, roads, pipelines, and related infrastructure across the Appalachian area. Such changes affect ecosystem function, and the health and distribution of plant and animal species. From the U.S. Geological Survey


EPA Conducted Confirmatory Testing

Categories: Environment,Govt/Business Scandals,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Transportation

Letter sent to vehicle manufacturers announcing additional evaluations of emissions devices designed to look for potential “defeat” devices. Follows revelation that Volkswagen diesel vehicles were equipped with software that turns emissions controls on and off to fool tests. From the Environment Protection Agency


EPA Notice of Violation [to VW]

Categories: Environment,Govt/Business Scandals,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Transportation

EPA letter to VW officials notifying them of the ongoing investigation of their emissions control systems and the nature of the alleged violations. From the Environmental Protection Agency


Passenger Travel Facts and Figures 2015

Categories: Environment,Recreation/Travel,Statistics,Traffic Accidents,Transportation

Calls itself a snapshot of the characteristics and trends of personal travel in the United States, the network through which passenger travel takes place, and related economic, safety, and environmental aspects of passenger travel. From the Bureau of Transportation Statistics


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