Friday, April 15, 2011

FREE Web cast from Center for Watershed Protection

Greetings from the Center for Watershed Protection!
The  Center for Watershed Protection is pleased to announce a free webcast  scheduled
for May 4th, 2011. Attendees can now save time, travel  expenses and, perhaps most
importantly, carbon emissions, by attending  our training workshops via the Web.
This webcast will focus on the Wetlands-at-Risk Protection Tool (WARPT) . Join speakers
from CWP as well as guest speakers from federal and local government as  they share
their experiences and lessons learned. Dave Evans, the  Director of the Wetlands
 Division of the EPA Office of Wetlands,   Oceans, and Watersheds will also be making
a special announcement, so be  sure to tune in and learn the latest news!
About the Webcast:
Got wetlands? Wetlands  play an important, but often unacknowledged, role in a community's
 infrastructure by providing opportunities for recreation and tourism,  storing 
floodwaters, and cleaning polluted water, among other benefits. This  webcast will
provide an overview of the Wetlands-At-Risk Protection  Tool (WARPT), a process 
for local governments that quantifies the extent  of at-risk wetlands, documents
 the benefits they provide at various  scales, and uses the results to develop a
 wetland protection plan. Case studies will cover local applications of various 
steps of the WARPT
The Wetlands-At-Risk Protection Tool
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Eastern: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm       Central: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Mountain: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm   Pacific: 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Cost: Free!
To register click here []
Registration closes 5/02/11. Space is limited to 275, so register today to secure
your spot!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Why invite non-believers when the choir will agree with you? Bureau of Land Management forums on fracking

Please read this release. Has anyone been invited to represent "environmentalists"?
Release Date: 04/01/11
Contacts: Matt Spangler รข€“ (202) 912-7414
BLM to Hold Regional Forums on Hydraulic Fracturing in Natural Gas Production
WASHINGTON, DC – Bureau of Land Management Director Bob Abbey today announced that the BLM will hold a series of regional public forums in late April to further discuss the use of hydraulic fracturing techniques to stimulate natural gas production on Federal lands. The sessions will be held in Bismarck, North Dakota; Little Rock, Arkansas; and Denver, Colorado. These locations will help to highlight increased regional interest in natural gas development on Federal lands and other areas where the BLM has responsibility for mineral leasing.
“These forums will help inform BLM as we work closely with industry, the states, other Federal agencies and the public to develop a way forward on natural gas so that the United States can safely and fully realize the benefits of this important energy resource,” Director Abbey said. “The Interior Department has a responsibility to study the potential impacts and to identify commonsense, best management practices that should be used in fracturing operations on public lands to ensure that this development is carried out in the right way and in the right places.”
The regional forums will build upon a forum the Department of the Interior hosted in November 2010 in Washington, D.C. on best practices for hydraulic fracturing and will provide a more in-depth, technical review of natural gas development practices on public lands. The meetings are part of the Department’s proactive efforts to ensure that oil and gas development is taking place on public lands in a responsible and environmentally sustainable manner.
Topics to be discussed will include best management practices, disclosure of the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing fluids, well construction and integrity, production wastewater management and other techniques for protecting drinking water resources. Panelists will include experts from Federal and state governments, industry, and environmental organizations that have been engaged in natural gas development issues.
Safely harnessing the nation’s abundant natural gas resources is a vital component of America’s energy portfolio and has the potential to power the U.S. economy for decades to come and reduce dependence on foreign oil. Natural gas development on Federal lands has more than doubled over the last 20 years, from 1.2 trillion cubic feet in Fiscal Year 1991 to nearly 3.0 trillion cubic feet in Fiscal Year 2010. In Fiscal Year 2010, about 14 percent of domestically produced natural gas came from onshore public lands.
The BLM issues leases for natural gas development on lands managed by the BLM as well as lands managed by other Federal agencies, such as the U.S. Forest Service. The BLM also manages the subsurface mineral estate in a number of areas where the surface is privately owned. The use of hydraulic fracturing in these areas has similarly increased in recent years.
The BLM manages more land - over 245 million acres - than any other Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.
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