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The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Five Years Later

NOAA: This is the first in a series of stories over the coming weeks looking at various topics related to the response, the Natural Resource Damage Assessment science, restoration efforts, and the future of the Gulf of Mexico.Oil spills raise all sorts of scientific questions, and NOAA’s job is to help answer them.  We have aContinue Reading

Report – Recovery of Rare Earths from Electronic Wastes

“This document was prepared on behalf of [European Parliament] Policy Department A at the request of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy. It reviews the current level of technology development for the recovery of rare earths from electronic waste and examines the parameters that affect its development at the industrial scale and the opportunitiesContinue Reading

Top 100 U.S. Oil and Gas Fields

“This supplement to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) U.S. Crude Oil and Natural Gas Proved Reserves, 2013 ranks the 100 largest U.S. oil and gas fields by their estimated 2013 proved reserves. EIA defines a field as “an area consisting of a single reservoir or multiple reservoirs all grouped on, or related to, theContinue Reading

The Deep, Dangerous Problems Of America’s Aging Gas Infrastructure

FastCoExist: “While it’s still not known what caused the gas explosion and building collapse tragedy that killed two people in New York City last week—the mayor has said the building owner might have been “inappropriately” tapping the gas line—what is clear is that one of the nation’s oldest cities has a problem with its agingContinue Reading

A Periodic Table Of Elements That The World Is Running Out Of

FastCompany – “You might not realize it, but almost everywhere around you are rare metals from the earth. In your phone, computer, or any other LCD screen, for example, you’ll find a dash of indium, a soft, malleable metal that is in short supply in the Earth’s crust. Gallium, which can emit light from aContinue Reading

Governor Brown Directs First Ever Statewide Mandatory Water Reductions

News release: “Following the lowest snowpack ever recorded and with no end to the drought in sight, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced actions that will save water, increase enforcement to prevent wasteful water use, streamline the state’s drought response and invest in new technologies that will make California more drought resilient. “Today weContinue Reading

Studying the air above oil and gas production areas in the western United States

NOAA and CIRES lead airborne field campaign to look at climate and air quality impacts: “Vast regions west of the Mississippi River are under development for oil and gas extraction, and the associated equipment has become a familiar sight on any cross-country road trip or flight.  But while one focus is on what comes outContinue Reading

U.S. ethanol exports in 2014 reach highest level since 2011

“According to EIA monthly supply data through December 2014, which EIA released in late February, U.S. exports of fuel ethanol in 2014 reached their second-highest level at a total of 826 million gallons. This level was second only to the 1.2 billion gallons exported during 2011 and 33% more than exports of fuel ethanol inContinue Reading

Data.gov – Ecosystem Vulnerability Theme Adds Five New Datasets

Via Data.gov – “In a continued effort to provide key datasets that support the process of developing resilience to climate change, five additional datasets are now available in the Ecosystem Vulnerability theme. Those include: California Ocean Uses Atlas Environmental Sensitivity Index (ESI) Threatened and Endangered Species REST Services US Forest Service Forests To Faucets National WildlifeContinue Reading

Interior Dept Releases Final Rule to Support Safe, Responsible Hydraulic Fracturing Activities on Public and Tribal Lands

News release: “Following a robust and transparent public process that included more than 1.5 million public comments, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today released final standards [view the final rule, click here] that will support safe and responsible hydraulic fracturing on public and American Indian lands. The commonsense standards will improve safety and helpContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – DOE Facilities, Financial Company Bankruptcies, Geospatial Data, IRS Info Security, Military Personnel

DOE Facilities: Better Prioritization and Life Cycle Cost Analysis Would Improve Disposition Planning, GAO-15-272: Published: Mar 19, 2015. Publicly Released: Mar 19, 2015. Financial Company Bankruptcies: Information on Legislative Proposals and International Coordination, GAO-15-299: Published: Mar 19, 2015. Publicly Released: Mar 19, 2015. Geospatial Data: Progress Needed on Identifying Expenditures, Building and Utilizing a DataContinue Reading

Greatest Threat to the Power Grid: Our Own Government

“Today, the Institute for Energy Research released a new study titled Assessing Emerging Policy Threats to the U.S. Power Grid as a continuation of the Story of Electricity initiative. The report finds that the greatest threats to our power grid are not physical or cyber attacks, but rather existing and upcoming Federal and State policies including subsidies, mandates,Continue Reading