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Federal Register - June 2016
A list of notices from the federal register for June 2016 from agencies including the Department of the Interior, Department of Energy, USGS, NOAA, NASA, and more.
Document Type: News Brief


IES Water Glyph
Hearing to address contentious tribal water rights issues
Date: Wednesday, June 29, 2016
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee held a hearing led by Chairman John Barrasso (R-WY) to discuss bills addressing contentious tribal water rights in Montana and Arizona (S. 3013 and S. 2959) and repealing obsolete laws relating to Native Americans (S. 2796).
Document Type: News Brief


Natural gas pump
Proposed BLM planning rule faces criticism in Senate
Date: Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director, Neil Kornze, faced tough questions during a Senate Energy and Natural Resource Committee hearing this June, where committee members were able to question him about the agency’s new Planning 2.0 rule.
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Writing hands
Senate committee passes COMPETES successor
Date: Wednesday, June 29, 2016
The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a markup of the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act (S. 3084) and a number of other bills on June 29.
Document Type: News Brief


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House and Senate Committees pass FY 2017 Interior and Environment appropriations bills
Date: Thursday, June 16, 2016
The House and Senate Appropriations Committees each passed their fiscal year (FY) 2017 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies appropriations bills this June, allocating funding for BLM, BOEM, BSEE, EPA, NPS, the Smithsonian Institution, and USGS from October 1, 2016 through September 30, 2017.
Document Type: News Brief


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Briefing underscores the importance of earth science data in decision making
Date: Wednesday, June 22, 2016
The Advances in Earth Science Coalition, a group of professional geoscience societies and federal agencies, held a briefing to discuss how earthquake, air quality, and environmental data can inform policy making on natural resource management and disaster preparedness.
Document Type: News Brief


NASA hurricane satellite image
National Academies Roundtable holds forum and workshop on community resilience
Date: Tuesday, June 28, 2016
The ResilientAmerica Roundtable held their State of Resilience Leadership Forum and Community Workshop, aimed at assessing the current state of resilience on a variety of scales.
Document Type: News Brief


Drilling rig
U.S. District Court rejects BLM authority to regulate fracking on public and tribal lands
Date: Friday, June 24, 2016
The U.S. District Court for Wyoming ruled that the Department of the Interior (DOI) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) have no authority to regulate hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as “fracking,” on public and tribal lands.
Document Type: News Brief


Nuclear power plant, Czech Republic
Hearing highlights the status of research on new energy technologies
Date: Wednesday, June 15, 2016
The House Committee on Science, Space and Technology’s Subcommittee on Energy held a hearing to discuss emerging energy technologies in the United States.
Document Type: News Brief


Atlean Lake in British Columbia
Senate CST Committee passes Coastal Coordination Act of 2016
Date: Wednesday, June 15, 2016
The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation held an executive session to consider the Coastal Coordination Act of 2016 (S. 3038), which would update and reauthorize the Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA).
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