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The US House of Representatives is scheduled this week to take up a bill (H.R. 1837) that could have broad implications for the Endangered Species Act and water law and management.

Monday:

Natural gas development and jobs field hearing
House Natural Resources — Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee
February 27 — 9am; Steubenville, Ohio

Tuesday:

Farm bill conservation hearing
Senate Agriculture Committee
February 28 — 10am; 216 Hart

Interior department FY13 budget hearing
Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee
February 28 — 10am; 366 Dirksen

Water infrastructure hearing
Senate Environment & Public Works Committee — Water & Wildlife Subcommittee
February 28 — 10am; 406 Dirksen

Water infrastructure hearing
House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee — Water Resources & Environment Subcommittee
February 28 — 10am; 2167 Rayburn

Environmental Protection Agency FY13 budget hearing
House Energy & Commerce Committee — Energy and Power Subcommittee
February 28 — 10am; 2123 Rayburn

Energy department FY13 budget hearing
House Appropriations Committee — Energy & Water Development Subcommittee
February 28 — 2pm; 2359 Rayburn

Wednesday:

Interior department FY13 budget hearing
Senate Appropriations Committee — Interior & Environment Subcommittee
February 29 — 9:30am; 124 Dirksen

National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration FY13 budget hearing
House Appropriations Committee — Commerce, Justice, Science Subcommittee
February 29 — 10am; H-309 Capitol Building

EPA FY13 budget hearing
House Appropriations Committee — Interior & Environment Subcommittee
February 29 — 1pm; 2359 Rayburn

Thursday:

Fish & Wildlife Service FY13 budget hearing
House Appropriations Committee — Interior & Environment Subcommittee
March 1 — 9am; B-308 Rayburn

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The Senate will continue its consideration of fiscal year 2012 appropriations as it brings a “minibus” of three spending bills to the floor:  Energy and Water, Financial Services, and State and Foreign Operations.  Some reports suggest that an amendment will be offered to the minibus (specifically, the Energy & Water bill, H.R. 2354) to prevent the US Army Corps of Engineers from revising its Clean Water Act guidance.

The previous minibus, which included the Agriculture and Commerce-Justice-Science bills, is currently being conferenced.

The federal government is operating under a continuing resolution that is set to expire this Friday, November 18.  All unfinished appropriations will require another CR.

Also this week, the House will likely consider a Coast Guard reauthorization bill (H.R. 2838) that carries provisions for the regulation of invasive species in ballast water.

Monday:

Marcellus Shale field hearing
Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee
November 14 — 10am; Charleston, West Virginia

Wednesday:

Hydraulic fracturing and regulatory approaches hearing
House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee — Water Resources Subcommittee
November 16 — 10am; 2167 Rayburn

Thursday:

EPA science in rulemaking hearing
House Science, Space & Technology Committee — Energy & Environment Subcommittee
November 17 — 2pm; 2318 Rayburn

Public lands bills markup
House Natural Resources Committee
November 17 — 10am; 1324 Longworth
Includes:

  • National Wildlife Refuge System stamp bill (H.R. 2236)
  • Electronic duck stamp bill (H.R. 3117)

The House is not in session next week.  The Senate has not yet determined if it will recess next week as well.

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Following closely on the heels of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s announcement of its study plan for hydraulic fracturing in natural gas development, today the Delaware River Basin Commission revealed its proposed final regulation for fracking within its jurisdiction.

The rules focus on water withdrawal, use and management, and according to the DRBC website, “The Commission will rely on the oil and gas program of the state in which a natural gas well is located to regulate the construction and operation activities of the natural gas well and well pad for which separate administration by the Commission would result in unnecessary duplication.”

The public comment period is closed and the final rule will be voted on by the commissioners on November 21.

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Yesterday, the US Environmental Protection Agency released its plan for undertaking its study of hydraulic fracturing in unconventional oil and gas development.  The plan outlines EPA’s intention to study the full life cycle of water used or potentially impacted in the process.  Initial findings will be released in 2012, with the full report expected in 2014.

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Tuesday:

2011 flooding hearing
Senate Environment & Public Works Committee
October 18 — 10am; 406 Dirksen

Thursday:

Water use in eastern US shale gas development hearing
Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee — Water & Power Subcommittee
October 20 — 2:30pm;  366 Dirksen

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The House is scheduled tomorrow to consider the longer-term continuing resolution passed by the Senate to fund the federal government through November 18.

Tuesday:

US Department of Energy “fracking panel” hearing
Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee
October 4 — 10am; 366 Dirksen

Nutrient pollution hearing
Senate Environment and Public Works Committee — Water & Wildlife Subcommittee
October 4 — 2:30pm; 406 Dirksen

 

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–Last week, the White House Office of Management and Budget released its guidance to federal agencies for drafting fiscal year 2013 budgets.  Requests submissions are to cut 5% from FY2011 enacted levels — and include an alternative budget that makes additional reductions of 10%.

–The US Department of Agriculture announced this week that it is awarding $848,424 in grants to the Chesapeake Bay watershed through the Conservation Innovation Grants program.  The money will flow through the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and support manure management and water quality improvement in the watershed.  Projects in other mid-Atlantic states will receive funding for additional poultry and nutrient management efforts.

–This week, the US Geological Survey released a report that suggests a significant increase in the estimated amount of undiscovered, technically recoverable oil and gas in the Marcellus Shale.

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