News Briefs

The News Briefs page features an ongoing newsfeed of the most up-to-date geoscience policy information.

Click on the topic(s) in the filter menu below to learn more!

To subscribe to our Current Issues RSS feed please click here

To subscribe to the Monthly Review directly, click here.
NOTE: After you sign-up, you will receive a confirmation email from AGI Public Relations <>. Please click the link in this email to confirm your subscription.

Salt marsh near Pescadero, California
House Natural Resources subcommittee holds hearing on National Critical Minerals bill
Date: Thursday, June 25, 2015
The House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Minerals heard testimony mostly in favor of H.R. 1937, the National Critical Minerals Act (NCMA), on June 25.


Drilling rig
Oklahoma passes law prohibiting bans on hydraulic fracturing
Date: Monday, June 1, 2015
On May 29, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed a bill into law restricting municipalities from regulating oil and gas activities in their jurisdictions.


IES Rocks and Landforms Glyph
House Interior and Environment Subcommittee approves FY 2016 Interior and Environment bill
Date: Tuesday, June 16, 2015
On June 16, the House Appropriations committee approved the fiscal year (FY) 2016 appropriation bill setting funding for agencies like the Department of the Interior, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Bureau of Land Management.


IES Astronomy Glyph
NOAA reports potential coverage risk for U.S. weather data
Date: Monday, June 1, 2015
According to a report from the Department of Commerce’s Inspector General, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) weather satellites could be vulnerable for the next 29 months due to construction delays.
Document Type: News Brief


IES Soils Glyph
Senate Committee assesses drought conditions in 11 Western States
Date: Tuesday, June 2, 2015
The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held a hearing on June 2 to assess drought conditions and water challenges in the western United States.
Document Type: News Brief


Natural gas pump
Maryland imposes 2-year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing
Date: Saturday, May 30, 2015
With the passage of a new bill, the state of Maryland will not allow hydraulic fracturing until October 1, 2017.
Document Type: News Brief


IES Water Glyph
Senate Appropriations Committee finalizes Interior, Environment spending levels for FY 2016
Date: Thursday, May 21, 2015
On May 21, the Senate Appropriations Committee allocated $30.01 billion to the Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies to cover funding for the Department of the Interior (DOI), U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Forest Service, and other agencies for fiscal year (FY) 2016.


Excavator mining
Murkowski bill to overhaul minerals and mining regulations
Date: Tuesday, May 12, 2015
On May 12, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee (ENR) held a hearing to consider the American Mineral Security Act of 2015 to increase support for minerals science, information, and forecasting within the U. S. Geological Survey (USGS) Mineral Resources Program.
Document Type: News Brief


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


IES Water Glyph
NOAA opens $24.5 million National Water Center in Alabama
Date: Tuesday, May 26, 2015
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) opened its new National Water Center on The University of Alabama campus on May 26.



-------------- ---------------- ------------ ---------------- ------------ ---------------- ------------ ---------------- ------------ ---------------- ------------ ---------------- ------------ ---------------- ------------ ---------------- ------------ ---------------- ------------ ---------------- ------------ ---------------- ------------ ---------------- ------------ ---------------- ------------ ---------------- ------------