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Oversight Hearing on "Volcano Hazards: Exploring the National Preparation and Response Strategy”
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 1:00 PM
Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources
1334 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515

Oversight Hearing on:

  • "Volcano Hazards: Exploring the National Preparation and Response Strategy"

Member Statements:

The Honorable Doug Lamborn

Witnesses and Testimony:

Dr. Charles Mandeville 
Volcano Hazards Program Coordinator
U.S. Geological Survey

Mr. Tom Drean
Director and State Geologist 
Wyoming State Geological Survey

Mr. Gordon Ito
Insurance Commissioner 
State of Hawaii

Dr. Shanaka de Silva
College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences
Oregon State University
(Truth in Testimony Form)

Mr. Darryl Oliveira (via video conference)
Hawaii County Civil Defense 


This hearing will examine the current state of volcanic hazards in the United States and the United States Geological Survey (USGS) Volcano Hazards Program that is designed to address these hazards, alert communities to pending eruptions, and mitigate devastating impacts to communities within the hazard zones. This hearing is especially timely in light of the  current encroachment of an active lava flow into a residential neighborhood in Hawaii.

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