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U.S. Capitol
New subcommittees announced for the House Natural Resources Committee
Date: Tuesday, January 6, 2015
The newly appointed Chair of the House Natural Resources Committee, Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT), has changed the organizational structure of the subcommittees for the 114th Congress.
Document Type: News Brief

 

U.S. Capitol with flag
New committee members in House and Senate
Date: Saturday, January 31, 2015
Congressional committees in both the Senate and the House of Representatives welcome new members and say farewell to others in the 114th Congress. Although Republicans have finalized the majority of their committee assignments, Democrats are still working to place members.
Document Type: News Brief

 

Capitol at night
Federal Register - January 2015
A list of notices from the federal register for January 2015 from agencies including the Department of the Interior, EPA, FEMA, USGS and more.
Document Type: News Brief

 

IES Water Glyph
Executive order creates new flood requirements for federal projects
Date: Friday, January 30, 2015
President Obama signed an executive order on January 30 requiring that federal projects be built two feet higher than the previous standard to protect against floods that may worsen as a result of climate change.
Document Type: News Brief

 

Drilling rig
Process of hydraulic fracturing linked to Ohio earthquakes
Date: Monday, January 5, 2015
A report released January 5 by the Seismological Society of America (SSA) links hydraulic fracturing to earthquakes experienced in Ohio in 2014.
Document Type: News Brief

 

Atlantic waves
Leasing for offshore wind farms sells half of allotments
Date: Thursday, January 29, 2015
On January 29, the Department of the Interior (DOI) held the largest sale of federal waters for offshore wind development with 742,000 acres open for bidding.

 

The Noble John Sandifer jackup rig
President and federal agencies propose new restrictions, leases in Arctic
Date: Thursday, January 29, 2015
In late January, the Obama administration and federal agencies proposed new policies governing Arctic oil and gas exploration.
Document Type: News Brief

 

The Noble John Sandifer jackup rig
Atlantic Ocean opened for outer continental shelf oil and gas leasing
Date: Tuesday, January 27, 2015
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced its 2017-2022 Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing program which includes plans to open the Atlantic Ocean for oil and gas leasing.
Document Type: News Brief

 

Earth
NASA launches Soil Moisture Active Passive satellite
Date: Saturday, January 31, 2015
On January 29, NASA launched the Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) instrument, a satellite that will collect soil moisture data to enhance climate modeling and improve lives by predicting floods and droughts.
Document Type: News Brief

 

Atlantic waves
National Research Council reports on priorities in ocean research for next decade
Date: Friday, January 23, 2015
The National Research Council (NRC) issued a report on January 23 detailing eight priorities for the next decade for ocean research and laying out the difficult financial decisions the marine science community faces.
Document Type: News Brief

 

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