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go directly to report, PDF _ RL33629 - BP Alaska North Slope Pipeline Shutdowns: Regulatory Policy Issues
18-May-2007; Paul W. Parfomak; 18 p.
Update: Previous Releases:
January 9, 2007
October 11, 2006
/NLE/CRSReports/06Aug/CRSBP.pdf
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Abstract: On August 6, 2006, BP Exploration (Alaska), Inc. (BP) announced the shutdown of the Prudhoe Bay area oil field on the North Slope of Alaska to conduct major repairs following the discovery of severe corrosion and a small spill from a Prudhoe Bay oil pipeline. The loss of North Slope oil produ.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Natural Resources, Public Lands, Risk & Reform
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go directly to report, PDF _ RS20621 - Overview of NEPA Requirements
10-Apr-2007; Kristina Alexander; 6 p.
Update: Previous Releases
: http://www.NCSEonline.org/nle/crsreports/risk/rsk-49.cfm
July 15, 2005
April 19, 2005
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Abstract: The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) establishes environmental policies that apply to the federal government, but it is best known for imposing environmental review procedures on federal agency actions. NEPA requires agencies to review the potential environmental impacts of their projects.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Risk & Reform, Agriculture, Public Lands
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go directly to report, PDF _ RL33730 - Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act
16-Nov-2006; Carol Hardy Vincent; 15 p.
Update: Previous releases:
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Abstract: The Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (REA in P.L. 108-447) established a new recreation fee program for five federal agencies — the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation), National Park Service (NPS), Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in the Department of the .... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Public Lands, Legislative, General Interest
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go directly to report, PDF _ RL33523 - Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR): Controversies for the 109th Congress
7-Jul-2006; M. Lynne Corn, Bernard A. Gelb, and Pamela Baldwin; 21 p.
Update: July 30, 2006

Previous Releases:
/NLE/CRSreports/06jun/RL33523.pdf MOST RECENT DEVELOPMENTS:
On May 25, 2006, the House passed H.R. 5429 to open ANWR to development (yeas 225, nays 201, Roll Call #209). On March 16, 2006, the Senate passed the FY2007 budget resolution (S.Con.Re.... [expand]  [read report]
Abstract: One part of the energy debate is whether to approve energy development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) in northeastern Alaska, and if so, under what conditions, or whether to continue to prohibit development to protect the area’s biological, recreational, and subsistence values. ANW.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Natural Resources, Public Lands, Legislative

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go directly to report, PDF _ IB10076 - Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Lands and National Forests
2-May-2006; Ross W. Gorte, Carol Hardy Vincent, Aaron M. Flynn, & Pamela Baldwin; 19 p.
Update: July 24, 2006

MOST RECENT DEVELOPMENTS:

* The BLM has begun or completed various actions to implement the Energy Policy Act of 2005, including changes to oil and gas lease acreage limits and lease reinstatement petition procedures, a final EIS on wind energy facilities on BLM lands, .... [expand]  [read report]
Abstract: The 109th Congress is considering issues related to the public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the national forests managed by the Forest Service (FS). The Administration is addressing issues through budgetary, regulatory, and other actions. Several key issues of congr.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Forests, Public Lands, Natural Resources

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go directly to report, PDF _ IB10141 - Recreation on Federal Lands
8-Jun-2006; Kori Calvert, Sandra L. Johnson, Carol Hardy Vincent, Ross W. Gorte, Nicole T. Carter, Nic Lane, David L. Whiteman, and M. Lynne Corn; 19 p.
Update: June 19, 2006

MOST RECENT DEVELOPMENTS:

* In H.R. 5386, the House approved $67.0 million for BLM recreation management in FY2007, a 3% increase over the FY2006 appropriation.
* The House approved $264.0 million for FS recreation management, 1% above FY2006 and 4% above .... [expand]  [read report]
Abstract: The growing and diverse nature of recreation on federal lands has increased the challenge of balancing recreation with other land uses, and balancing different types of recreation. Motorized recreation has been particularly controversial, with issues centering on access and environmental impac.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Public Lands, Legislative
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go directly to report, PDF _ RS22428 - ANWR Leasing Revenue Estimates
21-Apr-2006; Bernard A. Gelb; 6 p.
Update: June 19, 2006

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Abstract: Congress is again faced with deciding whether to allow the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to be explored for oil and gas — with good prospects of finding economically recoverable amounts. Should permission be granted, companies would bid to lease parcels of land in th.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Public Lands, Natural Resources, Economics & Trade

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go directly to report, PDF _ IB10136 - Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR):Controversies for the 109th Congress
16-May-2006; M. Lynne Corn, Bernard A. Gelb, and Pamela Baldwin; 19 p.
Update: June 2, 2006
MOST RECENT DEVELOPMENTS:
The Senate passed the FY2007 budget resolution (S.Con.Res. 83; yeas 51, nays 49, Roll Call #74; no written report) on March 16, 2006. Its sole reconciliation instruction (§201) directed the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources to reduce budget.... [expand]  [read report]
Abstract: One major element of the energy debate is whether to approve energy development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) in northeastern Alaska, and if so, under what conditions, or whether to continue to prohibit development to protect the area’s biological recreational, and subsistence .... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Energy, Legislative, Public Lands
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go directly to report, PDF _ RS20902 - National Monument Issues
7-Feb-2006; Carol Hardy Vincent; 6 p.
Update: June 1, 2006

Previous releases: http://www.NCSEonline.org/nle/crsreports/public/pub-21.pdf http://www.NCSEonline.org/nle/crsreports/public/pub-21.pdf.... [expand]  [read report]
Abstract: Presidential creation of national monuments under the Antiquities Act of 1906 often has been contentious. Controversy was renewed over President Clinton’s creation of 19 monuments and expansion of 3 others. Issues have related to the size of the areas and types of resources protected, the inclusi.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Public Lands

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go directly to report, PDF _ RS22143 - Oil and Gas Leasing in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR): The 2,000-Acre Limit
1-Feb-2006; Pamela Baldwin & M. Lynne Com; 6 p.
Update: June 1, 2006

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Abstract: Congress is again considering whether to permit drilling for oil and gas on the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), Alaska, or to maintain the current statutory prohibition on oil and gas development in the Refuge. The 109th Congress has considered the issue in authorizin.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Natural Resources, Public Lands

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