Environmental Crime Tops List by Organizations. Main content The most common federal offense committed by “organizational offenders” —corporations, partnerships, unions, trusts, pension funds, and non-profits—was not fraud or money-laundering but environmental crime, according to a report published recently by the U.S.
Sentencing Commission. North Dakota Court Approves Use of UAV UAV. A North Dakota court has approved the use of drones to help arrest citizens on US soil.
UAVs have primarily been used to conduct strikes against purported militants in countries like Pakistan, but their use at home has been on the rise as of late. District Judge Joel Medd denied a request to dismiss charges against Rodney Brossart, who was arrested after law enforcement resorted to using a Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) to inspect his property, according to court documents obtained by US News. Judge Medd wrote that “there was no improper use of an unmanned aerial vehicle” and that the UAV “appears to have had no bearing on these charges being contested.” Last June, Brossart was arrested after a long standoff with police, prompted by his refusal to return a herd of cows that had meandered onto his farm in the town of Lakota. House Moves to Encourage Drilling in National Parks · National Parks Conservation Association.
Reversal of drilling rules part of larger attempt by Congress to weaken park protections.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) last night introduced H.J. Res. 46, which seeks to repeal updates to the National Park Service’s “9B” rules. The rules require detailed planning and set safety standards for oil and gas drilling inside the more than 40 national parks that have “split estate” ownership, where the federal government owns the surface but not the subsurface mineral rights. Tribal Treaty Rights Guidance. Port: Anti-mask law aimed at #NoDAPL riots. Texas oil company asks Idaho officials to use "integration" to overrule landowners. BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A state commission took a step Wednesday toward intervening in a dispute between a Texas oil company and mineral rights holders so plans to drill for natural gas or oil can move forward in western Idaho.
The Oil and Gas Conservation Commission selected its chairman, Chris Beck, to preside over procedural matters involving applications filed by Houston-based Alta Mesa Holdings to begin a process called integration in Payette County.. [Native Advertisement] Oil and Gas: Bill exempts some fracking chemicals from records requests. RICHMOND, Va.
(AP) — Certain chemicals pumped underground during hydraulic fracturing would be exempt from public records requests under a bill advancing in the Virginia Legislature. A measure from Del. Roxann Robinson would allow the denial of requests under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act for information about chemicals that has been deemed a trade secret. A House subcommittee advanced the measure Thursday. Oil and Gas: North Dakota's experience with pipeline protests spurs bills. BISMARCK, N.D.
(AP) — North Dakota's Republican-led and largely oil-friendly Legislature is quickly introducing a raft of bills spurred by the bitter dispute between Dakota Access protesters and law enforcement, from restricting face coverings at protests to requiring the state to sue the federal government as a means of recouping millions in policing costs. [Native Advertisement] Sen. Kelly Armstrong, R-Dickinson and the state GOP chairman, said the measures are motivated by residents' frustration with the ongoing protests in the southern part of the state, which at one point in the summer saw a thousands-strong encampment opposing the $3.8 billion, four-state pipeline. NDAA Conferees Drop Harmful Secrecy Language from Final Bill. NDAA Conferees Drop Harmful Secrecy Language from Final Bill November 30, 2016 After a big push from a broad group of nonprofit organizations, journalists, and individuals, the Senate and House Armed Services Committees removed a provision from the Senate National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would have hindered the public’s ability to get records from the Department of Defense (DoD) under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
Guidance for the Disclosure of Organizational Conflict Of Interest in the Selection and Use of Third-Party Contractors in Preparation of Environmental Documents by the Department Of State. This Guidance, issued February 26, 2015, replaces the Department’s Interim Guidance for the Disclosure of Organizational Conflict of Interest in the Use of Third-Party Contractors in Preparation of Environmental Documents by the Department of State.
I. Organizational Conflict of Interest All prospective contractors submitting proposals (Offerors) must submit as part of their proposals an Offeror’s Organizational Conflicts of Interest Disclosure Certification (OCI Disclosure Certification), in which the Offeror specifies, consistent with NEPA regulations, that “they have no financial or other interest in the outcome of the project.” More information on the preparation of that Certification follows in Section II. An Organizational Conflict of Interest (OCI) exists when the nature of the work to be performed may, without some restriction on future activities: a) result in an unfair competitive advantage to a contractor; or.
Pipeline safety safeguarding and securing pipelines from unauthorized access. Pipeline Information & FOIA: What Should Be Protected & How. 12.19.12 Dakota Prairie Grasslands, North Dakota; Oil and Gas Development Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement. PROGRESS AND FUTURE OF OPERATION DAKOTA Peacekeepers 2008. DAKOTA WATER RESOURCES ACT OF 1998. 149 Cong. Rec. S1127 - NATURAL DISASTERS IN NORTH DAKOTA 2003. Committee on Indian Affairs: Lessons From Operation Dakota Peacekeepers 2009 (pdf) 143 Cong. Rec. S12471 - DAKOTA WATER RESOURCES ACT OF 1997.
S. Rept. 106-203 - DAKOTA WATER RESOURCES ACT OF 1999. Govinfo. Govinfo. House Energy and Commerce Committee 114th Congress (2016 cycle): Overview. 114th Congress (2016 cycle) Rep.
Fred Upton (R-Mich), ChairRep. Guidance for the Selection and Use Of Third-Party Contractors in Preparation of Environmental Documents by the Department Of State. This Guidance, issued February 26, 2015, outlines the Department of State’s (Department’s) process for using third-party contractors to assist with preparing environmental documents consistent with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and performing related tasks as part of the Department’s review of applications for Presidential Permits received pursuant to Executive Orders 13337 and 11423, as amended. This Guidance replaces the Department’s Interim Guidance for the Use of Third-Party Contractors in Preparation of Environmental Documents by the Department of State.
For purposes of this Guidance, a “third-party contractor” is a contractor selected by and working under the sole direction of the Department, but whose work is funded by the applicant for the Presidential Permit. I. Preparation of a Request for Proposal (RFP) The Department will review, revise, and finalize the RFP. North Dakota Financial Privacy Law Is Not Preempted. The Federal Trade Commission said today that the North Dakota financial privacy law is not preempted by the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Financial Modernization Act (GLB Act) because it is "not inconsistent" with federal law.
In a letter to Gary D. Preszler, Commissioner of the North Dakota Department of Banking and Financial Institutions, the FTC said, ". . . Congress established the privacy protections in the GLB Act as a 'floor,' or minimum protection for consumer privacy, that could be exceeded by the states. " USACE Omaha District: Regulatory Program. PHMSA TRIBAL ASSISTANCE PROTOCOL.
General Provisions and Non-Federal Oil and Gas Rights [Federal Register] Start PreambleStart Printed Page 77972 National Park Service, Interior. Final rule. We are updating our service-wide regulations governing the exercise of non-federal oil and gas rights, to improve our ability to protect park resources, values, and visitors from potential impacts associated with nonfederal oil and gas operations located within National Park Service units outside Alaska. The rule also makes the regulations consistent with existing policies and practices, and updates the format to improve clarity and simplify application and compliance for oil and gas operators and our employees. EPA Region 8: Children’s Environmental Health in Mountain & Plains States. Choose from the resources below to learn about children’s environmental health hazards in Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming, and 27 Tribal Nations.
EPA Region 8’s children’s health coordinator is Kim Bartels (firstname.lastname@example.org) at (303) 312-6346. Mountain & Plains States Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit: Exit Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units (PEHSUs) offer local health care providers and parents access to pediatric environmental health expertise. In Mountain and Plains States, the PEHSU is the Rocky Mountain Region Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit Exit.
Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials. The Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials has jurisdiction over the economic and safety regulation of railroads and the agencies that administer those regulations. Economic regulation is administered by the three-member Surface Transportation Board (STB). This independent agency also has the authority to address national emergencies as they affect the nation’s rail transportation system. The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is responsible for administering railroad safety laws, railroad infrastructure and development programs, possesses responsibilities relevant to homeland security, and has federal oversight of Amtrak. Amtrak is the nation’s major provider of intercity passenger rail service. Also known as the National Railroad Passenger Corporation, Amtrak was established by law in 1970 and required to assume the responsibility from private sector railroads for provision of passenger rail services.
Water Resources and Environment. The jurisdiction of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment consists generally of matters relating to water resources development, conservation and management, water pollution control and water infrastructure, and hazardous waste cleanup. A number of agencies administer programs that address one or more of these issues; two agencies in particular, the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), oversee the larger programs of concern to the Subcommittee. Through its Civil Works Program, the Corps constructs projects for the purposes of navigation, flood control, beach erosion control and shoreline protection, hydroelectric power, recreation, water supply, environmental protection, restoration and enhancement, and fish and wildlife mitigation. EPA has the primary responsibility for carrying out the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, commonly known as the Clean Water Act.
Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA) The Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund (OSLTF) 2013 06446. Superfund: Trends in Federal Funding and Cleanup of EPA's Nonfederal National Priorities List Sites. CEI Agenda for Congress 2017 Environmental Protection on Public & Private Lands. Gov. Accountability Office: Managing Natural Resources. To Congress: Effects of Diluted Bitumen (Tar Sand) on Pipelines - Transportation Research Board Special Report (pdf) Federal Register SEARCH: Nationwide Permit Program. Proposed 2017 Nationwide Permits. PHMSA: Partnerships in regulation. SEARCH: Code of Federal Regulations. Presidential Permits for Border Crossings. Permit Applications for Cross-border Pipelines Transporting Liquids: Search.
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ENERGY: TRIBAL INTERESTS. INDUSTRY DOCKETS: FY17 Appropriations Bills: National Nuclear Security Administration. CEI Agenda for Congress 2017 PRO GROWTH Energy and Environment. EO 13337 | EXECUTIVE ORDER. EO 12866 | EXECUTIVE ORDER 12866. EO 13563 | EXECUTIVE ORDER 13563. EO 13272 | EXECUTIVE ORDER 13272. EXECUTIVE ORDER 13636. Reissuance & Modification of Nationwide Permits. NATIONWIDE PERMIT #12. GENERAL 404 PERMITS. NATIONWIDE PERMIT #18. NATIONWIDE PERMIT 31 GENERAL CONDITION, PRE-CONSTRUCTION PERMITS. NationwidePermittingLinearProjectsPowerPoint.
PIPELINE SAFETY ACT. Safety and Environmental Management Systems (SEMS) OIL POLLUTION ACT of 1990 (OPA) CLEAN WATER ACT. CLEAN POWER PLAN. NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY ACT (NEPA) Reclamation Funds Add Protection For Taxpayers - WORC. 05.09.16 Procedures to Address Threatened and Endangered Species and Historic Properties, ONG Minor NSR FIP. WATER RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT ACT 2016. 05.2016 Regulatory Impact Analysis of Emission Standards + Oil, Natural Gas. 49 CFR Part 195 - Regulation of Hazardous Liquids (HL) Pipelines. ENERGY POLICY MODERNIZATION ACT. Energy Policy Act of 2003. FEDERAL POWER ACT. Federal Rules - APPROVAL AND PROMULGATION OF FEDERAL IMPLEMENTATION PLAN FOR OIL AND NATURAL GAS WELL PRODUCTION FACILITIES; FORT BERTHOLD INDIAN RESERVATION (MANDAN, HIDATSA AND ARIKARA NATION), NORTH DAKOTA; CORRECTION; FRL-9923-70-REGION 8 (
49 CFR REGULATIONS. (EITI) Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative. Federal Plan for Oil and Natural Gas Facilities; Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. ETHICS in GOVERNMENT ACT. OPEN GOVERNMENT INITIATIVE. FOIA: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT. A National Agenda for Tort Reform1995. NATIONAL HISTORIC PRESERVATION ACT. KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE ACT. ONSHORE OIL & GAS ORDER. SPECTRUM PIPELINE ACT OF 2015. NATURAL GAS PIPELINE PERMITTING REFORM ACT.
PIPES ACT-PROTECTING INFRASTRUCTURE PIPELINES & ENHANCING SAFETY. HOMELAND SECURITY ACT OF 2002. USA PATRIOT ACT. THE HOMESTEAD ACT. RIGHT OF WAY (ROW) HOUSE BILL 1358. PUBLIC LAWS 102–575. 33 CFR Part 211. EQUITABLE COMPENSATION ACT.