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Widespread Catastrophic Wildfires Prompt Federal Government to Raise Level
This week the National Multi-Agency Coordinating Group raised the National Preparedness Level to 5, its highest level indicating high fire activity with increasing threats. The last time the National Preparedness Level was raised to 5 was July 1, 2008 and remained at this highest level for 22 days. A raised preparedness level indicates a high degree of wildfire activity, a major commitment of fire resources and the probability that severe conditions will continue for at least a few days. This an...
August 23, 2013
Updated Map Shows Range of Fires
Last week, NBC Nightly News highlighted the wildfires burning throughout the United States. There are currently 39 fires in 11 states. The map below shows location and proximity of the current fires. This year is on track to be a record year for wildfires. Watch Here:

August 21, 2013
In a recent article in The Atlantic, Karl Smith from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, explains how hydraulic fracturing could help end gasoline price volatility. Hydraulic fracturing allows the development of oil reserves that have previously been unreachable with other forms of energy exploration. While a traditional well may produce 50 barrels of oil per day, a fracked well can produce upwards of 7,000 barrels per day. This fracked crude oil is much lighter, which means that mor...
August 09, 2013
What We Are Reading This Morning
The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: Associated Press – Matthew Daly: “Report: Wildlife agency ignored whistle-blowers” Tri-City Herald – Geoff Folsom: “Franklin County farmer testifies in Washington, D.C., to protect bladderpod” Capital Press – Tim Hearden: “Hastings bill aims to improve forest management, prevent wildfires” The World – Thomas Moriarty: “Timber bill moves ahead in U.S. House” HydroWorld: “U.S. House committee approves additional small conduit hydro development bill” Gre...
August 02, 2013
What We Are Reading This Morning
The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: The Hill – Ben Geman: “House panel votes to block Interior’s ‘fracking’ rule” Fuel Fix – Jennifer A. Dlouhy: “GOP advances bill to block federal fracturing rules” Durango Herald – Joe Hanel: “Tipton’s healthy-forest bill makes it through House panel” Missoulian – Rob Chaney: “Daines amendments focus on forest fires, mismanagement” Pueblo Chieftain – Chris Woodka: “Forest health bill moves in House” Washington Examiner – Michael Conger: “House investig...
August 01, 2013
What We Are Reading This Morning
The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: The Hill – Ben Geman: “Obama taps Interior official for deputy secretary post” Associated Press: “Feds to lease mineral rights in Ohio forest” Associated Press: “3 Native American tribes seek funding for satellite voter registration, early voting stations” Associated Press: Heather Hollingsworth: “Criticism of Blueway program persists after Interior Dept. rescinds White River's designation” KSMU – Jennifer Davidson: “Crowd Packs Field Hearing on 'Blu...
July 31, 2013
President Obama’s low-ball estimate for Keystone XL jobs By Glenn Kessler 7/30/2013 “My hope would be that any reporter who is looking at the facts would take the time to confirm that the most realistic estimates are this might create maybe 2,000 jobs during the construction of the pipeline — which might take a year or two — and then after that we’re talking about somewhere between 50 and 100 [chuckles] jobs in a economy of 150 million working people.” — President Obama, interview with The New ...
July 30, 2013
What We Are Reading This Morning
The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: Fuel Fix – Jennifer A. Dlouhy: “Flores: Fracturing rules would give feds a foot in the door” Washington Times – Ben Wolfgang and Dave Boyer: “Keystone pipeline supporters slam Obama’s skeptical comments on economic impact” Fuel Fix – Emily Pickrell: “Texas will continue to lead US oil boom” Cortez Journal – Jim Mimiaga: “Gunnison sage grouse decision postponed” Indian Country Today – Adrian Jawort: “$1.9 Billion Dispute: Tribal Leaders Fuming Over Cob...
July 30, 2013
What We Are Reading This Morning
The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: The Hill – Ben Geman: “GOP lawmaker warns Interior’s fracking rule could lead to cascade of new regs” Oregonian – Scott Learn: “Interior Department extends Chetco River gold mining withdrawal for five years” The Hill – Ben Geman: “Obama criticizes pro-Keystone pipeline jobs, gas price claims” New York Times – Norimitsu Onishi: “A Plan to Save Yosemite by Curbing Its Visitors” Washington Post – Darryl Fears: “U.S., groups working to open more public ac...
July 29, 2013
What We Are Reading This Morning
The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: The Durango Herald – Joe Hanel: “Energy bill clears House committee” Cronkite News – Evan Bell: “House committee OKs bill to block planned casino in Glendale” Daily Caller – Michael Bastasch: “Study: Feds underestimated how many birds get killed by wind turbines” Associated Press – John Flesher: “Feds update plan to protect Great Lakes from carp” Tahlequah Daily Press: “Deputy chief testifies before Congress” Wall Street Journal – Erica E. Phillips: ...
July 25, 2013

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