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Thursday, April 4, 2013

China’s stealthy bird flu spreads


China’s stealthy bird flu spreads

http://blogs.nature.com/news/2013/04/chinas-stealthy-bird-flu-spreads.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+news%2Frss%2Fnewsblog+%28News+Blog+-+Blog+Posts%29

New culprit in sea-level rise: Pretty Arctic clouds

New culprit in sea-level rise: Pretty Arctic clouds


http://grist.org/news/new-culprit-in-sea-level-rise-pretty-arctic-clouds/?utm_source=syndication&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=feed

Climate Change Will Double Area Burned In U.S. Wildfires By 2050, Report Warns

Climate Change Will Double Area Burned In U.S. Wildfires By 2050, Report Warns

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/04/04/1821921/climate-change-will-double-area-burned-in-us-wildfires-by-2050-report-warns/?mobile=nc

More Scientific Evidence Linking Fracking and Earthquakes

More Scientific Evidence Linking Fracking and Earthquakes
Huffington Post
As the practice of hydraulic fracturing to produce natural gas continues to spread not only in the U.S. but worldwide, the scientific community has increasingly focused on the environmental consequences of the technique. The most worrisome side effect ...http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-ck-daly/more-scientific-evidence-_b_3009927.html

Institute for Public Accuracy: The Koreas: Lurching Towards War

Institute for Public Accuracy: The Koreas: Lurching Towards War
http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/04/04-4

Study: Global Warming to Intensify Already Extreme Rainfalls

Study: Global Warming to Intensify Already Extreme Rainfalls
http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/04/04-5

Exxon's Unfriendly Skies: Why Does Exxon Control the No-Fly Zone Over Arkansas Tar Sands Spill?

Exxon's Unfriendly Skies: Why Does Exxon Control the No-Fly Zone Over Arkansas Tar Sands Spill?
http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/04/04-0

Lessons not learned: Insider threats in pathogen research

Lessons not learned: Insider threats in pathogen research

In the classic film Dr. Strangelove, Brig. Gen. Jack D. Ripper was the ultimate insider threat. As the nuclear-armed B-52s that Ripper unilaterally dispatched proceeded toward their Soviet targets, the American president confronted Air Force Gen. Buck Turgidson in exasperation: "When you instituted the human reliability tests, you assured me there was no possibility of such a thing ever occurring." To which Turgidson replied, "Well, I don't think it's quite fair to condemn a whole program because of a single slip-up, sir."http://www.thebulletin.org/web-edition/op-eds/lessons-not-learned-insider-threats-pathogen-research

Hanoi bans China poultry after new bird flu strain deaths

Hanoi bans China poultry after new bird flu strain deaths

Hanoi (AFP) April 3, 2013
Vietnam has announced an immediate ban on all Chinese poultry imports and stepped up border controls after its northern neighbour reported two deaths from a new strain of bird flu. There have been seven human infections - two fatal - in China from the virulent disease, according to local authorities, the first time the H7N9 strain of avian influenza is known to have been transmitted to humhttp://www.seeddaily.com/reports/Hanoi_bans_China_poultry_after_new_bird_flu_strain_deaths_999.html

Temperature difference between hemispheres could shift rainfall patterns

Temperature difference between hemispheres could shift rainfall patterns

Berkeley CA (SPX) Apr 04, 2013
One often ignored consequence of global climate change is that the Northern Hemisphere is becoming warmer than the Southern Hemisphere, which could significantly alter tropical precipitation patterns, according to a new study by climatologists from the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Washington, Seattle. Such a shift could increase or decrease seasonal rainfall inhttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Temperature_difference_between_hemispheres_could_shift_rainfall_patterns_999.html

Scientists link frozen spring to dramatic Arctic sea ice loss

Scientists link frozen spring to dramatic Arctic sea ice loss

Melting sea ice, exposing huge parts of the ocean to the atmosphere, explains extreme weather both hot and cold

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/mar/25/frozen-spring-arctic-sea-ice-loss

Could toxic tanks in America’s most contaminated nuclear site be ready to explode?

War Articles

Could toxic tanks in America’s most contaminated nuclear site be ready to explode? Fears over Manhattan Project site ‘where atomic bomb was built’


http://www.warhistoryonline.com/war-articles/could-toxic-tanks-in-americas-most-contaminated-nuclear-site-be-ready-to-explode-fears-over-manhattan-project-site-where-atomic-bomb-was-built.html

The Advantages of LED Lights for the Environment

The Advantages of LED Lights for the Environmenthttp://www.sepco-solarlighting.com/blog/bid/145611/the-advantages-of-led-lights-for-the-environment?source=Blog_Email_[The%20Advantages%20of%20LE]

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

The Critical Decade: Report Links Australia’s Extreme Weather To Climate Change

The Critical Decade: Report Links Australia’s Extreme Weather To Climate Change


http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/04/03/1816851/the-critical-decade-report-links-australias-extreme-weather-to-climate-change/?mobile=nc

Water scarcity could cripple China's energy supply

Water scarcity could cripple China's energy supply
Hydrogen Fuel News
Water is of vital importance to the world. It not only plays a role in the ongoing survival of the human species, as well as others, but it is also widely used in the world of energy. While fossil-fuels are used to generate much of the electrical power ...http://www.hydrogenfuelnews.com/water-scarcity-could-cripple-chinas-energy-supply/859841/

Friends of the Earth: Civil Society and Entrepreneurs Call on World Bank to Clean Up Energy Lending

Friends of the Earth: Civil Society and Entrepreneurs Call on World Bank to Clean Up Energy Lending
http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/04/03-3

Anthony Swift: Exxon's Arkansas Tar Sands Spill: The Tar Sands Name Game

Anthony Swift: Exxon's Arkansas Tar Sands Spill: The Tar Sands Name Game
http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/04/03-2

Andrew Simms: Rewarding Polluters and Locking Up People Who Want to Save the Planet

Andrew Simms: Rewarding Polluters and Locking Up People Who Want to Save the Planet
http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/04/03-8

Chemical Disasters, Agent Orange, and GMOs: Monsanto's Legacy Traced in Exposé

Chemical Disasters, Agent Orange, and GMOs: Monsanto's Legacy Traced in Exposé
http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/04/03-2

Hanford Nuclear Waste Site at Risk of Hydrogen Explosion, Report Warns

Hanford Nuclear Waste Site at Risk of Hydrogen Explosion, Report Warns
http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/04/03-1

The drought is drying up all our ethanol By Tim McDonnell


The drought is drying up all our ethanol

http://grist.org/climate-energy/the-drought-is-drying-up-all-our-ethanol/?utm_source=syndication&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=feed

Treatment Plant for Waste in Nuclear Cleanup Has Design Flaws, Panel Says

Treatment Plant for Waste in Nuclear Cleanup Has Design Flaws, Panel Says
New York Times
WASHINGTON — A treatment plant that the Energy Department is counting on to stabilize the radioactive waste at the nation's largest environmental cleanup project, at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington State, has design problems that could ...http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/03/science/earth/treatment-plant-for-waste-in-nuclear-cleanup-has-design-flaws-panel-says.html?_r=0

Treatment Plant for Waste in Nuclear Cleanup Has Design Flaws, Panel Says


http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/03/science/earth/treatment-plant-for-waste-in-nuclear-cleanup-has-design-flaws-panel-says.html?_r=0

Treatment Plant for Waste in Nuclear Cleanup Has Design Flaws, Panel Says


(Updated) Ending Nuclear Power DECREASING Carbon Dioxide Output In Germany

(Updated) Ending Nuclear Power DECREASING Carbon Dioxide Output In Germany


http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2013/04/ending-nuclear-power-decreased-carbon-dioxide-output-in-germany.html

Study: 28% Increase In Thyroid Problems In Babies Born After Fukushima in Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington

Study: Almost One-Third of Babies Born After Fukushima in Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington Have Thyroid Problems George Washingtonhttp://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/04/study-almost-one-third-of-babies-born-after-fukushima-in-alaska-california-hawaii-oregon-and-washington-have-thyroid-problems.html

Study: 28% Increase In Thyroid Problems In Babies Born After Fukushima in Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington

Is Fukushima Causing Health Problems In the United States?

Is Fukushima Causing Health Problems In the United States?

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

CRS Report Released: Army Corps of Engineers Water Resource Projects: Authorization and Appropriations

CRS Report Released: Army Corps of Engineers Water Resource Projects: Authorization and Appropriations



The Congressional Research Service (CRS), the public policy research arm of Congress, recently issued the report Army Corps of Engineers Water Resource Projects: Authorization and Appropriations (Mar. 22, 2013). The 21-page report authored by Nicole T. Carter and Charles V. Stern discusses the following:
Summary
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers undertakes activities to maintain navigable channels, reduce flood and storm damage, and restore aquatic ecosystems. Congress directs the Corps through authorizations, appropriations, and oversight of its studies, construction projects, and other activities. This report summarizes congressional authorization and appropriations processes for the Corps. It also discusses agency activities under general authorities.

Authorization of Water Resources Activities. Congress generally authorizes Corps activities and provides policy direction in Water Resources Development Acts (WRDAs). The most recent WRDA was enacted in 2007 (P.L. 110-114). Pressure to authorize new projects and modify existing projects promotes fairly regular WRDA consideration. WRDAs historically have been omnibus bills including many provisions for site-specific activities; how to construct a WRDA bill that complies with House rules related to a moratorium on Member-requested earmarks complicated WRDA consideration in the 112th Congress. The 113th Congress began consideration of a WRDA with S. 601 in the Senate in March 2013. S. 601 would authorize Corps activities and modifications of existing authorizations that meet certain criteria; the bill includes numerous other provisions as it attempts to address issues with the duration and cost of Corps projects. The bill also would establish new procedures for using Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund monies, in an effort to expand spending above current levels.

Agency Appropriations. Federal funding for most Corps civil works activities is provided in annual Energy and Water Development appropriations acts or supplemental appropriations acts. At times these acts also have included Corps authorizations. In part because of competition for funds and because Corps authorizations outpace appropriations, many authorized activities have not received appropriations. There is a backlog of more than 1,000 authorized studies and construction projects. In recent years, few new studies and new construction activities have been in either the President’s budget request or enacted appropriations.

Standard Project Development. The standard process for a Corps project requires two separate congressional authorizations—one for investigation and one for construction—as well as appropriations. The investigation phase starts with Congress authorizing a study; if it is funded, the Corps conducts an initial reconnaissance study followed by a more detailed feasibility study. Congressional authorization for construction is based on the feasibility study. For most activities, Congress requires a nonfederal sponsor to share some portion of study and construction costs. These cost-sharing requirements vary by the type of project. For many project types (e.g., levees), nonfederal sponsors are responsible for operation and maintenance once construction is complete.

Other Corps Activities and Authorities. Although the project development process just described is standard, there are exceptions. Congress has granted the Corps some general authorities to undertake some studies, small projects, technical assistance, and emergency actions such as flood-fighting and repair of damaged levees. Additionally, the Corps conducts emergency response actions directed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

A Rock and a Hard Place: California and the Monterey Shale

A Rock and a Hard Place: California and the Monterey Shale
The next big shale boom may be taking shape out West. But the challenges of developing the Monterey shale may not be what you think. Read More »http://www.powermag.com/gas/gas_power_direct/A-Rock-and-a-Hard-Place-California-and-the-Monterey-Shale_5495.html?hq_e=el&hq_m=2645073&hq_l=3&hq_v=30108e0773

Will Leaky Pipelines Derail Keystone for Good?

Will Leaky Pipelines Derail Keystone for Good?

Steve LeVine, Quartz
In China, Europe and the US, local groups are furious, respectively, over air pollution, shale drilling and oil pipelines. This makes it a dangerous time for oil companies and some governments: A riled public is often the greatest driver of big policy shifts.The latest news is a leaking oil pipeline in the central Arkansas town of Mayflower. The pipeline, controlled by ExxonMobil, has leaked thousands of barrels of oil. The material damage thus far is mild—two dead migrating ducks, and about 11 of the birds recovering in a rehab center with oily feathers, according to Exxon...http://qz.com/69763/exxonmobil-pipelines-public-opinion-could-upend-keystone/

Climate Hawks Go on Offense Against Skeptics, but Impact Uncertain


Climate Hawks Go on Offense Against Skeptics, but Impact Uncertain

With momentum building for U.S. climate policy, activists are going on the offensive against powerful skeptic interests. Will their efforts have an effect?

http://insideclimatenews.org/news/20130402/climate-hawks-go-offense-against-skeptics-impact-uncertain

Shellfish gone near damaged nuke plant

Shellfish gone near damaged nuke plant

Tokyo (UPI) Apr 1, 2013
A species of shellfish has disappeared along an 18-mile stretch of coast near Japan's devastated Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, scientists say. Researchers from Japan's National Institute for Environmental Studies and National Institute of Radiological Sciences found a species of shellfish known as Thais clavigera was extinct in eight of 10 places within the 12-mile-radius alert zonehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Shellfish_gone_near_damaged_nuke_plant_999.html

The environmental movement’s greatest hits, all in one documentary from Grist by Joanna M. Foster

The environmental movement’s greatest hits, all in one documentary

Exxon Mobil Oil Spill Turns Residential Roads into Rivers of Oil OilPrice

Exxon Mobil Oil Spill Turns Residential Roads into Rivers of Oil OilPrice http://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/Exxon-Mobil-Oil-Spill-Turns-Residential-Roads-into-Rivers-of-Oil.html

Multi-Toxin Biotech Crops Not Silver Bullets, Scientists Warn ScienceDaily (

Multi-Toxin Biotech Crops Not Silver Bullets, Scientists Warn ScienceDaily http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/03/130330130838.htm

VIDEO: Exxon Arkansas oil spill footage goes viral


VIDEO: Exxon Arkansas oil spill footage goes viral

http://www.mining.com/video-exxon-arkansas-oil-spill-footage-goes-viral-50867/

Federal judge rules against Transocean in spill subpoena challenge

Federal judge rules against Transocean in spill subpoena challenge


http://fuelfix.com/blog/2013/04/01/federal-judge-rules-against-transocean-in-spill-subpoena-challenge/

Climate Maverick to Quit NASA

Climate Maverick to Quit NASA


http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/02/science/james-e-hansen-retiring-from-nasa-to-fight-global-warming.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

Monday, April 1, 2013

Countdown To Climate Change: It's Only 297 Years Away!

Countdown To Climate Change: It's Only 297 Years Away!

Every several years, an acronym of federal climate poobahs produces a new “National Assessment” of climate change effects on the U.S. The latest one, by the National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee (NCADAC) has been sent out for “expert review” to ham-and-eggers like yours truly.http://www.forbes.com/sites/patrickmichaels/2013/04/01/countdown-to-climate-change-its-only-297-years-away/

Court rules EPA may attempt to block power plant construction in certain cases

Court rules EPA may attempt to block power plant construction in certain cases

A federal appeals court recently ruled that government regulators may attempt to halt construction projects at power plants if they believe the companies did not properly calculate potential increases in air pollution.http://www.power-eng.com/articles/2013/04/court-rules-epa-may-attempt-to-block-power-plant-construction-in.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+power-engineering-latest-news-rss+%28Power+Engineering+Latest+News%29

Climate Change Will Turn The Arctic From White To Green

Climate Change Will Turn The Arctic From White To Green

Arctic Ice
What we currently think of the Arctic — a desolate white wasteland of snowhttp://www.businessinsider.com/climate-change-will-turn-the-arctic-green-2013-4?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+businessinsider+%28Business+Insider%29

Can Desalinization Give Water to the World?

Can Desalinization Give Water to the World?

Jennifer Newton, CW
Across the world, millions of people cannot access fresh, clean water. With global populations rising and freshwater supplies regularly becoming overdrawn or contaminated, the ability to purify sea water is becoming increasingly important.http://www.realclearscience.com/2013/04/01/can_desalinization_give_water_to_the_world_252268.html?utm_medium=widget&utm_campaign=rss

Supreme Court Rejects API’s Challenge To EPA Air Pollution Rules, Everyone Benefits

Supreme Court Rejects API’s Challenge To EPA Air Pollution Rules, Everyone Benefits


The Supreme Court rejected a challenge to the Environmental Protect Agency’s air pollution rules this morning.
The case, American Petroleum Institute vs. EPA, saw the oil lobby disputing a rule adopted in 2010 that “set a tighter Clean Air Act standard for short-term spikes in nitrogen dioxide pollution near roads.” This new standard is 100 parts per billion for one hour, compared to the previous annual standard of 53 parts per billion dating back to 1971.http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/04/01/1803201/supreme-court-rejects-apis-challenge-to-epa-air-pollution-rules-everyone-benefits/

Extreme algal blooms: The new normal?

Extreme algal blooms: The new normal?

A research team has determined that the 2011 record-breaking algal bloom in Lake Erie was triggered by long-term agricultural practices coupled with extreme precipitation, followed by weak lake circulation and warm temperatures. The team also predicts that, unless agricultural policies change, the lake will continue to experience extreme blooms.http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130401151026.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Latest+Science+News%29

Record-breaking 2011 Lake Erie algae bloom may be sign of things to come

Record-breaking 2011 Lake Erie algae bloom may be sign of things to come

The largest harmful algae bloom in Lake Erie's recorded history was likely caused by the confluence of changing farming practices and weather conditions that are expected to become more common in the future due to climate change.http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130401151028.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Latest+Science+News%29

Exxon Tar Sands Spill Continues to Devastate Arkansas Community

Exxon Tar Sands Spill Continues to Devastate Arkansas Community
http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/04/01-4

Study: Arctic 'Greening' Will Bring Global Ecological Consequences, More Warming

Study: Arctic 'Greening' Will Bring Global Ecological Consequences, More Warming
http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/04/01-6

Study: 'Get-Out-of-Jail-Free Card' Doesn't Exist for Climate Peril

Study: 'Get-Out-of-Jail-Free Card' Doesn't Exist for Climate Peril
http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/04/01

The Three Nuclear Poisons

The Three Nuclear Poisons


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-loy/the-three-nuclear-poisons_b_2983534.html

Protecting Water from Oil Sands Operations: Legacy of Broken Promises


Protecting Water from Oil Sands Operations: Legacy of Broken Promises

http://theenergycollective.com/danielle-droitsch/204111broken-promises-protect-water-tar-sands-operations?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

The Tar Sands Disaster


The Tar Sands Disaster

The Tar Sands Disaster Thomas Homer-Dixon, New York Times Read more at http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2013/04/links-4113.html#z9BZDffXvrcTOipV.99

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Carbon-Dioxide Storage with Less Earthquake Risk

Carbon-Dioxide Storage with Less Earthquake Risk

Underground rocks that react with carbon dioxide to form minerals could offer a safe way to keep the greenhouse gas from reaching the atmosphere.http://www.technologyreview.com/news/512796/carbon-dioxide-storage-with-less-earthquake-risk/

Is Fukushima Radiation Causing the Epidemic of Dead and Starving Sea Lions In California?

Is Fukushima Radiation Causing the Epidemic of Dead and Starving Sea Lions In California?

China to launch high-res Earth-observation satellite

China to launch high-res Earth-observation satellite

Beijing (XNA) Apr 01, 2013
China will launch the first satellite for its high-resolution system for Earth observation in April, a government agency revealed Thursday. Examinations of the satellite and its carrier rocket, the Long March 2D, have been completed and the satellite is now in the launch stage, according to the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense (SATIND).http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/China_to_launch_high_res_Earth_observation_satellite_999.html

Recent Warming Is Still Unprecedented In Speed, Scale And Cause: A Marcott Et Al. FAQ


Recent Warming Is Still Unprecedented In Speed, Scale And Cause: A Marcott Et Al. FAQ

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/03/31/1800881/recent-warming-is-still-unprecedented-in-speed-scale-and-cause-a-marcott-et-al-faq/?mobile=nc

EPA Updates Mercury and Air Toxics Standards for New Power Plants


News Release: EPA Updates Mercury and Air Toxics Standards for New Power Plants
03/29/2013
CONTACT:Enesta Jones
Jones.enesta@epa.gov202-564-7873
202-564-4355
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMarch 29, 2013
 EPA Updates Mercury and Air Toxics Standards for New Power Plants
 Agency also proposes updates to oil and gas storage tank standards

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued updates to pollution limits for new power plants under the mercury and air toxics standards, based on new information and analysis that became available to the agency after the rule was finalized. 

The updates are largely technical in nature and will have no impact on the sensible, achievable and cost-effective standards already set for existing power plants.  The public health benefits and costs of the rule remain unchanged.  EPA estimates that the standards, which will protect the health of millions of families, especially children, will prevent as many as 11,000 premature deaths and 4,700 heart attacks every year. The standards will also help America’s children grow up healthier-- preventing 130,000 cases of childhood asthma symptoms and about 6,300 fewer cases of acute bronchitis among children each year.

The updated standards only apply to future power plants and do not change the types of pollution control technology that plants would install. The updates ensure that emissions limits are achievable and that pollution levels can be measured continuously. 
EPA’s mercury and air toxics standards are the first national standards to protect American families from power plant emissions of mercury and toxic air pollution like arsenic, acid gas, nickel, selenium and cyanide. EPA considered dozens of public comments from a range of stakeholders, including industry and environmental groups, as part of the public process to update the new source standards.
Also on March 28, 2013, EPA proposed updates to the agency’s 2012 performance standards for storage tanks used in oil and natural gas production.   The proposed changes reflect recent information showing that more higher-volume storage tanks will be coming on line than the agency originally estimated and would provide storage tank owners and operators additional time to comply with a requirement to reduce volatile organic compound emissions while equipment to reduce those emissions is being manufactured. EPA will take comment on today’s proposal for 30 days after it is published in the Federal Register and will hold a public hearing if requested.

More information on MATS: http://epa.gov/mats/actions.html
More information on the proposed updates to the oil and gas regulations: http://www.epa.gov/airquality/oilandgas/actions.html

EPA’s Science Advisory Board Announces Independent Panel to Peer Review Agency’s Hydraulic Fracturing Research

EPA’s Science Advisory Board Announces Independent Panel to Peer Review Agency’s Hydraulic Fracturing Research

WASHINGTON --
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) independent Science Advisory Board (SAB) today announced the formation of its Hydraulic Fracturing Research Advisory panel. This panel of independent experts will peer review EPA’s 2014 draft report of results for its national study on any potential health and environmental impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources. Leading up to the peer review, the SAB panel will provide scientific feedback on EPA’s research in an open and transparent manner.

The development of the draft report, which is directed by Congress, is in line with the Administration’s focus on continuing to expand safe and responsible domestic oil and gas production.

The SAB has identified an independent panel of 31 experts that meet the SAB’s criteria of having the necessary expertise and breadth of experience to adequately review the EPA hydraulic fracturing study on the potential impacts on drinking water resources, and meet long-standing rules regarding financial conflicts of interest.

EPA will ask the SAB panel, as a part of its public process, to specifically seek input from applied science practitioners in the field. Assuring the most up-to-date information on emerging science and technology of this rapidly changing industry is a critical component of the entire process.

In March 2010, EPA announced its intention to conduct the study in response to a request from Congress. To ensure an approach of openness and scientific rigor, the agency has engaged in a wide variety of activities, including public meetings with stakeholders and public webinars, technical roundtables and technical workshops. In addition, the agency’s Science Advisory Board reviewed the draft study plan and now has established a panel that will peer review the 2014 draft report of results, as well as provide scientific feedback as requested.

“Our final report on the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources must be based on sound science and take into account the latest practices being used by the industry,” said Acting Administrator Bob Perciasepe. “We have worked to ensure that the study process be open and transparent throughout, and the SAB panel is another example of our approach of openness and scientific rigor.” 

The SAB sought public nominations of nationally and internationally recognized scientists and engineers having experience and expertise related to hydraulic fracturing in an August 2012 Federal Register notice.

The SAB initially identified and sought public comment on 144 potential candidates. As required by the Ethics in Government Act of 1978, SAB staff worked to screen candidates for conflicts of interest and appearance of lack of impartiality. After reviewing public comments, confidential financial disclosure forms and additional information submitted by prospective candidates, the SAB identified the panel of 31 experts.

The SAB panel is comprised of five current employees of companies and consulting firms; two government employees; and 21 academics/university professors (including some previously employed in industry). It has at least three experts in each of the following nine areas of expertise that were sought for the panel: Petroleum/Natural Gas Engineering; Petroleum/Natural Gas Well Drilling; Hydrology/Hydrogeology; Geology /Geophysics; Groundwater Chemistry/Geochemistry; Toxicology/Biology; Statistics; Civil Engineering; and Waste Water and Drinking Water Treatment.

On May 7 and 8, 2013, the SAB panel will convene a meeting to provide individual feedback from panel members regarding EPA’s 2012 progress report on the study. The public will also have the opportunity to provide comments for the panel’s consideration. Comments from individual panel members will be considered as EPA develops its draft results in late 2014 for peer review by the SAB. The draft report of results will synthesize the findings from the study’s ongoing projects together with scientific literature to answer the study’s main research questions regarding hydraulic fracturing and drinking water resources.

Subsequent meetings will include an opportunity for presentations to the panel by experts in fracturing technologies.

More information on the SAB’s Hydraulic Fracturing Research Advisory panel and its activities is available at: http://yosemite.epa.gov/sab/sabproduct.nsf/0/B436304BA804E3F885257A5B00521B3B?OpenDocument

Factsheet on SAB Hydraulic Fracturing Research Advisory Panel: http://yosemite.epa.gov/sab/sabproduct.nsf/WebBOARD/BOARDnews?OpenDocument


Names/Affiliations of the SAB Panel
Mr. John V. Fontana, Vista GeoScience LLC
Mr. Walter R. Hufford, Talisman Energy USA
Dr. Stephen W. Almond, MeadWestvaco
Dr. E. Scott Bair, Ohio State University
Dr. Elizabeth Boyer, Pennsylvania State University
Dr. Susan L. Brantley, Penn State University
Dr. Peter Bloomfield, North Carolina State University
Dr. Steven Bohlen, U.S. Department of Energy
Dr. James V. Bruckner, University of Georgia
Dr. Thomas L. Davis, Colorado School of Mines
Dr. Joseph J. DeGeorge, Merck Research Laboratories
Dr. Joel Ducoste, North Carolina State University
Dr. Shari Dunn-Norman, Missouri University of Science and Technology
Dr. David Dzombak, Carnegie Mellon University
Dr. Katherine Bennett Ensor, Rice University
Dr. Elaine M. Faustman, University of Washington
Dr. Daniel J. Goode, U.S. Geological Survey
Dr. Abby A. Li, Exponent Inc
Mr. Dean Malouta, Independent Consultant in Oil and Gas Exploration and Development
Dr. Cass T. Miller, University of North Carolina
Dr. Laura J. Pyrak-Nolte, Purdue University
Dr. Steve Randtke, University of Kansas
Dr. Joseph Ryan, University of Colorado
Dr. James Saiers, Yale University
Dr. Eric P. Smith, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Dr. Azra N. Tutuncu, Colorado School of Mines
Dr. Paul Westerhoff, Arizona State University
Dr. Thomas M. Young, University of California, Davis
Dr. Bruce D. Honeyman, Colorado School of Mines
Dr. Richard Jack, Thermo Fisher Scientific Corporation
Dr. Dawn Kaback, AMEC E&I, Inc.

Must Read: Arctic Sea Ice Death Spiral And Cold Weather


Must Read: Arctic Sea Ice Death Spiral And Cold Weather

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/03/31/1800251/must-read-arctic-sea-ice-death-spiral-and-cold-weather/

As Administration Decides On Keystone, U.S. Experiences Two Tar Sands Spills This Week


As Administration Decides On Keystone, U.S. Experiences Two Tar Sands Spills This Week

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/03/31/1800081/exxon-arkansas-oil-spill/?mobile=nc

New Strain Of Bird Flu Kills Two In China

New Strain Of Bird Flu Kills Two In China



http://www.businessinsider.com/two-people-in-china-die-from-bird-flu-2013-3?utm_source=alerts&nr_email_referer=1

If You Think China's Air Is Bad, You Should See The Water Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/china-water-pollution-2013-3?op=1#ixzz2P8fJ5ICN


If You Think China's Air Is Bad, You Should See The Water

http://www.businessinsider.com/china-water-pollution-2013-3?utm_source=alerts&nr_email_referer=1

Climate Science: A Sensitive Matter By The Economist

Climate Science: A Sensitive Matter

By The Economist
http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2013/03/31/climate_science_a_sensitive_matter_304889.html

Scientists Say Oil Industry Likely Caused Largest Oklahoma Earthquake

Scientists Say Oil Industry Likely Caused Largest Oklahoma Earthquake
National Geographic
As pressure builds in these disposal wells, it pushes up against geological faults, sometimes causing them to rupture, setting off an earthquake. (See related blog post: "Tracing Links Between Fracking and Earthquakes.") This is what most likely ..http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/energy/2013/03/130329-wastewater-injection-likely-caused-quake/
 
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Study Says Fracking and Earthquakes 'Potentially Related'
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