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Current Action Alert
Opportunity to Comment on Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service Draft Land Use Plans and Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) for conservation measures in areas with Sage Grouse
The BLM and USFS are in the process of releasing a series of 15 draft EIS that implement Greater Sage Grouse conservation measures.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is bound by a court order to make a determination whether to list the Greater Sage Grouse as threatened or endangered by 2015. It is assumed that either determination would close vast areas of the west to grazing, oil and gas activities, agriculture and mining. Deadline 26 December 2013.
The White House is inviting public comment on a Technical Support Document that increases the social cost of carbon. An interagency group of technical experts coordinated by the Office of Management and Budget and the Council of Economic Advisors developed the document. The new calculations set the figure at $65 per metric ton of CO2 emissions in 2020, up 60 percent from the 2010 calculation of $42. Most of the increase results from the use of revised climate-change models. Deadline 27 January 2014.
Occasionally, the AAPG DPA Governmental Affairs Committee (GAC) will be sending email AAPG GAC Action Alerts. An action alert will inform you about a current Executive Branch and/or Congressional issue that will potentially affect the oil and gas industry.
The Director of the AAPG Office of Geoscience and Energy in Washington, DC, will identify the necessity for alerts, and he will work with the Chairperson of the GAC to issue the alert. The alert will be a short e-mail that will highlight the issue and direct you to this Web site. Each alert will consist of background, a suggested response, support information, and the place to submit your comments.
You are welcome to comment on the issues in the way that suits you, if you want to comment at all. Of course, you are under no obligation to do anything, but the GAC encourages you to provide your comments whenever you can. This will support the GEO-DC's liaison work in Washington, DC and through this effort AAPG's reputation as a credible provider of pertinent geologically-based information will grow and become more valuable to those who are shaping our Nation's polices and laws. Won't you please help?
The action alerts are now being issued directly from AAPG in Tulsa. Send an email to Norma Newby at email@example.com .