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2013 January

Update: Senate Passes Sandy Relief Package

On Monday January 28, the Senate voted to approve (62-35) the $50.5 billion Sandy Relief Package passed by the House on January 15. President Obama says he plans to sign the bill as soon as he [...]

USGS Director, Marcia McNutt, Resigns

On January 11th, United States Geological Survey director Marcia McNutt announced her resignation, effective February 15th of this year. In her letter of resignation, McNutt called the USGS leadership top-notch and commented on the staff’s commitment [...]

House Passes Sandy Relief Package

The house voted Tuesday January 15th on the Sandy Relief bill, which consists of a base package of $17 billion in emergency relief and several amendments. One amendment would provide an additional $33.7 billion to repair [...]

Federal Rule Designating Critical Polar Bear Habitat Overturned

This month, U.S. District Court Judge Ralph R Beistline overturned a 2010 federal rule designating 187,000 square miles of critical polar bear habitat around the Beaufort and Chukchi seas in Alaska. While Judge Beistline remarked that [...]

BLM Expands Best Practice Standards for Fluid Minerals Industry to Increase Wildlife Protection

On December 13, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) issued an Instruction Memorandum regarding protection of wildlife from causes of direct mortality associated with oil, gas, and geothermal facilities on BLM lands.  The new BLM Best [...]

Congressional Committees Experience Changes as the 113th Begins

The new year brought with it a new Congress to Washington, DC, which means changes in committee members and leadership. The 113th Congress has already had significant shifts within some key House committees. The House Science, [...]

News Update: Farm Bill Extension Cuts Conservation Programs and Livestock Disaster Assistance Funding

On January 1, the House passed a nine-month extension of the farm bill as part of the fiscal cliff deal.  The partial extension, signed into law by President Obama on January 3, was passed in place [...]