Policy & Critical Issues Blog

Stay up to date on issues at the intersection of geoscience and society with our Policy & Critical Issues blog posts from the AGI Geotimes blog.

Interactive map of Nevada geothermal resources and infrastructure. Image Credit: Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology
#MapOfTheDay! Today the Critical Issues Program (@AGI_GeoIssues) shared an interactive map of geothermal resources and infrastructure from the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, which you can find at http://bit.ly/1xmR0Jp. If you're interested in geothermal energy, check out our Geothermal Energy Basics.
Interactive Map of Coastal and Marine Geoscience Features. Image Credit: NOAA, BOEM
#MapOfTheDay! Today the Critical Issues Program (@AGI_GeoIssues) shared a map of U.S. coastal and marine geoscience features from the Marine Cadastre (@MarineCadastre), a joint program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (@NOAA) and the...
Industrial waste arrives at a wastewater disposal facility near Platteville, CO. The waste will be treated and then injected into deep underground storage wells. Image Credit: Bill Ellsworth, USGS.
The September 3rd earthquake in Pawnee, Oklahoma, renewed national discussion on the link between earthquakes and human activity. "Induced seismicity," as human-caused earthquakes are referred to in the field, has been linked to the injection of industrial wastewater into disposal wells deep beneath the Earth's surface. Recently published research from the U.S. Geological Survey and the University of Colorado has refocused the discussion, showing how geoscientists can work with state and local decision makers to better respond to earthquake risks. For the...
Interactive Map of Oil and Gas Resources in Kansas
#MapOfTheDay! Today the Critical Issues Program (@AGI_GeoIssues) shared a map of oil and gas resources (and earthquakes!) in Kansas from the Kansas Geological Survey (@ksgeology), which you can find at http://bit.ly/1CDQ6Ze. If you're interested in the relationship between oil & gas operations and...
Interactive Map of Water Resources in Georgia
#MapOfTheDay! Today the Critical Issues Program (@AGI_GeoIssues) shared a map of water resources in Georgia from the Georgia Soil & Water Conservation Commission (@GASoilandWater), which you can find at http://bit.ly/2bZ7px8. If you're interested in states' water resources, make sure to check...
Interactive Map of Oklahoma Water Resources
#MapOfTheDay! Today the Critical Issues Program (@AGI_GeoIssues) shared a map of water resources in Oklahoma from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (@OKWaterBoard) http://bit.ly/2bIKFDO. If you liked this map make sure to check out the next...
Explore the Ohio Department of Natural Resources's interactive map of oil and gas wells.
#MapOfTheDay: The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (@ohiodnr) interactive map of oil & gas wells across Ohio. Explore it here: http://bit.ly/1yAEnW1.
Interactive map of renewable energy resources in Nevada
The Critical Issues Program #MapOfTheDay! Nevada's renewable energy resources all in one interactive map: http://bit.ly/2aRi6BN 
Google map of the Gold King Mine spill showing some topographic relief, check boxes to activate sample locations coded for sampling agency.
#MapOfTheDay! Interactive map of Colorado Gold King Mine Spill: http://bit.ly/1KIOfZ0  Thanks @AZGeology! ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
Picture of Patrick Leahy, Gifford Wong and Maeve Boland
Today was a real treat! AGI had the pleasure of enjoying lunch with this year's William L. Fisher Congressional Geoscience Fellow, Dr. Gifford Wong. Today he shared his experiences as a geoscientist in the office of Senator Sheldon Whitehouse. For more information on the fellowship go to: http://bit.ly/2bwecwT