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Federal Register - July 2017

A list of notices from the federal register for July 2017 from agencies including the BOEM, USGS, NOAA, and more.

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Excavator mining
House holds oversight hearing on hardrock mining
Date: Thursday, July 20, 2017

On July 20, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held an oversight hearing to discuss the future of hardrock mining in the United States. Streamlining the permitting process, royalties reform, and reclamation concerns were among the topics discussed at the hearing.

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Mount Saint Helens
DOI announces Craters of the Moon, Hanford Reach, and Canyons of the Ancients no longer under review
Date: Friday, July 21, 2017

On July 13, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced that Craters of the Moon National Monument in Idaho and Hanford Reach National Monument in Washington are no longer under review by the Department of the Interior (DOI). The announcement of another unaltered monument, the Canyons of the Ancients in Colorado, came days later.

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House chamber
President Trump announces nominations for key positions
Date: Thursday, July 20, 2017

On July 20, the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources held a hearing to consider nominations for key positions at the Department of Energy (DOE) and Department of the Interior (DOI). 

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The White House
White House OSTP remains understaffed following recent departures
Date: Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) continues to operate without a director and has recently lost some science division staff. 

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Galaxy NGC 3310
President Trump reestablishes National Space Council
Date: Friday, July 7, 2017

On July 7, the Executive Office of the President published Executive Order 13803, which was signed by President Trump on June 30 reestablishing the National Space Council. 

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The Noble John Sandifer jackup rig
Atlantic offshore oil and gas development discussed in House
Date: Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held an oversight hearing on July 12 to evaluate the potential development of offshore drilling on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).

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Natural gas pump
Secretary Zinke signs order to streamline permitting for onshore resources development
Date: Thursday, July 6, 2017

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke signed Secretarial Order 3354 on July 6 to promote energy exploration and development through better management of leasing programs for onshore oil and gas resources and solid mineral resources on federal lands. 

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U.S. Capitol with flag
House and Senate committees approve five appropriations bills for DOE, CJS, and Interior and Environment
Date: Thursday, July 27, 2017

The House of Representatives has been moving Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 budget bills out of committee more quickly than the Senate. The full House has passed one bill, for the Department of Defense; no appropriations bills have reached the Senate floor yet. Congress and the President must agree a budget or a Continuing Resolution by September 30 to avoid a government shutdown. More detail on agency budgets is available here.

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U.S. Capitol
Federal Register - June 2017
A list of notices from the federal register for June 2017 from agencies including the Department of the Interior, NOAA, EPA, and more.
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