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go directly to report _ RL34695 - Minerals Price Increases and Volatility: Causes and Consequences
3-Oct-2008; Stephen Cooney, Dick Nanto; 49 p.
Abstract: A rise in the prices of minerals has had a major impact on U.S. manufacturers and consumers. Mineral prices have risen while the economy as a whole has entered a period of slowing growth. This has created serious difficulties for consuming industries and concern in Congress. This report reviews t.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Mining, Natural Resources
go directly to report _ RL34689 - Oil Industry Financial Performance and the Windfall Profits Tax
30-Sep-2008; Salvatore Lazzari, Robert Pirog; 25 p.
Abstract: Over the past 10 years, surging crude oil and petroleum product prices have increased oil and gas industry revenues and generated record profits, particularly for the top five major integrated companies (also known as the “super-majors”): Exxon- Mobil, Royal Dutch Shell, BP, Chevron, and Conoco/P.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Natural Resources, International Finance
go directly to report, PDF _ RL33813 - Fishery, Aquaculture, and Marine Mammal Legislation in the 110th Congress
8-Oct-2008; Eugene H. Buck; 33 p.
Update: Previous releases:
October 8, 2008
June 6, 2008
February 7, 2008
July 27, 2007 (
June 29, 2007
May 2, 2007
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Abstract: Fish and marine mammals are important resources in open ocean and nearshore coastal areas; many federal laws and regulations guide their management.

Commercial and sport fishing are jointly managed by the federal government and individual states. States generally have jurisdiction within 3 mil.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Natural Resources, Marine, Legislative

go directly to report, PDF _ RL34547 - Possible Federal Revenue from Oil Development of ANWR and Nearby Areas
23-Jun-2008; Salvatore Lazzari; 12 p.
Update: Previous Releases:
June 23, 2008
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Abstract: Recent high petroleum prices, and the related economic burden on consumers and energy-intensive industries, has raised the issue of stimulating domestic supplies of crude oil. One possible source is the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), which is estimated to contain sig.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Energy, Government, Natural Resources
go directly to report, PDF _ RL34517 - Wildfire Damages to Homes and Resources: Understanding Causes and Reducing Losses
2-Jun-2008; Ross W. Gorte; 30 p.
Update: Previous Editions:
June 2, 2008
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Abstract: Wildfires are getting more severe, with more acres and houses burned and more people at risk. This results from excess biomass in the forests, due to past logging and grazing and a century of fire suppression, combined with an expanding wildlandurban interface — more people and houses in and near.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Forests, Natural Resources
go directly to report, PDF _ RL34459 - Animal Drug User Fee Program
4-Aug-2008; Sarah A. Lister; 29 p.
Update: Previous Releases:
August 4, 2008
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Abstract: The Animal Drug User Fee Act of 2003 (ADUFA I, P.L. 108-130) gave the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) initial authority to collect user fees from sponsors for the review of animal drug applications. ADUFA mirrors fee programs for human drugs and medical devices. Program authority sunsets Octob.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Natural Resources, Legislative, General Interest
go directly to report _ RS22797 - Seafood Safety: Background and Issues
25-Jul-2008; Geoffrey S. Becker and Harold F. Upton; 6 p.
Update: Previous Releases:
March 28, 2008.... [expand]  [read report]
Abstract: Although seafood consumption can contribute to a healthy diet, some fish and shellfish can cause foodborne illnesses or contain environmental contaminants. Are current food safety programs sufficiently protecting consumers, and if not, what changes should be considered? A complexity is that most .... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Marine, Natural Resources, General Interest
go directly to report, PDF _ RS22262 - “Price Gouging,” the Antitrust Laws, and Vertical Integration: How They Are Related
28-May-2008; Janice E. Rubin; 6 p.
Update: Previous releases:
March 15, 2007
August 1, 2006
May 8, 2006 (/NLE/CRSreports/06jun/RS22262.pdf)
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Abstract: The antitrust laws and statutes to prohibit “price gouging” each aim to serve the same end — realization of lower or reasonable prices for consumers, but they do so from different perspectives. The theoretical underpinning of antitrust law is the belief that vigorous and unfettered marketplace compe.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Natural Resources, Economics & Trade, Government
go directly to report, PDF _ RL32073 - Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Infrastructure Security: Issues for Congress
13-May-2008; Paul W. Parfomak; 31 p.
Update: Previous releases:
March 16, 2005
June 3, 2005
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Abstract: Liquefied natural gas (LNG) is a hazardous fuel shipped in large tankers from overseas to U.S. ports. LNG is also manufactured domestically and is often stored near population centers. Because LNG infrastructure is highly visible and easily identified, it can be vulnerable to terrorist attac.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Energy, Natural Resources, Risk & Reform
go directly to report, PDF _ RL33556 - Soil and Water Conservation: An Overview
6-May-2008; Tadlock Cowan and Renée Johnson; 30 p.
Update: Previous Releases:
January 2, 2008
August 16, 2007
July 13, 2007
May 1, 2007
April 10, 2007
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Abstract: Soil and water conservation topics are prominent in discussions of policy options for the next farm bill, which the 110th Congress is considering. Major conservation topics include where to set overall funding levels and levels for each program; what should be the priorities for the conservation .... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources
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