Weekly Digest – February 13-20

Conservation and Alternative Energy Oil and mining companies are no longer required to disclose their payments to foreign governments. This rule was part of the Dodd-Frank Act in 2010, enforced last year by the Securities and Exchange Commission, and repealed by H.J.Res.41 under the Congressional Review Act on the basis that it would reduce competitiveness … Continue reading Weekly Digest – February 13-20

Weekly Digest – Jan 30 – Feb 5

Conservation Paul Gosar (R-Ariz) introduced a bill (H.J.Res 46) to loosen restrictions on drilling in National Parks and then was selected to chair the Subcommittee on Energy and Minerals. His bill would repeal some of Obama’s updates to “9B” regulations including elimination of a cap on compensation for environmental damage and elimination of exemption from … Continue reading Weekly Digest – Jan 30 – Feb 5

Weekly Digest – January 23-29, 2017

Conservation and Alternative Energy Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines are moving forward (NPR). “Wind provided 40 percent of Texas’s electricity for 17 straight hours one windy day in December” (Scientific American). The effort to ban lead bullets at wildlife refuges may be stymied (Wall Street Journal). Texas Water Symposium will be 7pm on Thurs, … Continue reading Weekly Digest – January 23-29, 2017

Weekly Digest – December 5th, 2016

Conservation Hundreds of endangered blind salamanders were stolen from USFWS site in San Marcos (link). Good news! A 520-acre area called Peaceful Springs has been added to the Balcones Canyonland National Wildlife Refuge, permanently protecting limestone canyons, major bird and butterfly migration routes, and springs that attract endangered bird species. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) … Continue reading Weekly Digest – December 5th, 2016