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Bill introduced to reauthorize geologic mapping program through 2023
Date: Monday, September 11, 2017

On September 11, Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) introduced a bill to reauthorize the National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program through 2023.

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White House issues plans for prompt National Environmental Policy Act reviews
Date: Thursday, September 14, 2017

On September 14, the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) published a list of actions that it will take to revise the federal environmental review process and authorization for infrastructure projects.

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Bipartisan legislation introduced to curb carbon pollution
Date: Thursday, September 14, 2017

Representative Mike Conaway (R-TX-11) introduced the Carbon Capture Act (CCA). This legislation incentivizes Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS) projects, which use technologies to capture up to 90 percent of carbon dioxide emissions produced from industrial processes, including electricity generation.

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Federal Register - August 2017

A list of notices from the federal register for August 2017 from agencies including the Department of the Interior, EPA, and more.

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Geoscience Policy Monthly Review: August 2017

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Federal agency declares Gulf of Mexico safe for seismic surveys
Date: Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Four years after beginning an Environmental Impact Survey, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) declared that the Gulf of Mexico is safe for seismic surveys. 

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Federal science agencies help prepare and respond to Hurricane Harvey
Date: Tuesday, August 29, 2017

In anticipation of Hurricane Harvey making landfall on the Gulf Coast, several federal science agencies prepared for the massive storm by monitoring its development and helping direct FEMA's resources to the likely hard-hit areas.

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Wildfires emerging as a hot topic on the Hill
Date: Thursday, August 3, 2017

As the U.S. endures another fire season, legislators on the Hill are seeking to address some of the challenges associated with managing wildland fires on federal land. A hearing held by the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on August 3 tackled the complex challenges in reducing wildland fire risk, focusing primarily on wildfire management programs and technologies.

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USGS provides information for partnering with 3DEP in 2018
Date: Thursday, August 17, 2017

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) hosted two informational webinars about partnering with the 3-Dimensional Elevation Program (3DEP) for fiscal year (FY) 2018, and changes for this year's Broad Agency Announcement.

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Senate confirms Federal Energy Regulatory Commission nominees
Date: Thursday, August 3, 2017

The Senate confirmed two new members for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on August 3. Neil Chatterjee, former aide to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and Robert Powelson from the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission have joined Commissioner Cheryl LaFleur, bringing the number of empty FERC seats down to two.

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