Thursday, June 15, 2017
Thursday, June 1, 2017
- The establishment of a national policy “to encourage energy exploration and production, including on the Outer Continental Shelf.”
- The revocation of Obama-era decisions to withdraw certain areas of the OCS in Alaska and the Atlantic Cost from leasing.
- A directive to the Department of Interior (DOI) to consider revising the schedule of proposed oil and gas lease sales in Western Gulf of Mexico, Central Gulf of Mexico, Chukchi Sea, Beaufort Sea, Cook Inlet, Mid-Atlantic, and South Atlantic to that those schedules include annual lease sales to the maximum extent permitted by law.
- A directive to the Department of Commerce to refrain from designating or expanding any National Marine Sanctuary, unless the action “includes a timely, full accounting from the Department of the Interior of any energy or mineral resource potential in the designated area,” and to review designations of National Marine Sanctuaries and National Marine Monuments established or expanded in the last decade and report back on “the opportunity costs associated with potential energy and mineral exploration and production” in those areas.
- A directive to DOI to reconsider final and proposed rules intended to mitigate the environmental effects of offshore drilling, including the well control rule, the proposed offshore air rule, and the offshore arctic drilling rule.
- A directive for DOI and Commerce to undertake expedited considerations of incidental harassment authorizations, incidental take permits, and seismic survey permits.
- A 31% reduction in funding for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) (from $8.2 to $5.6 billion)
- A 68% reduction in funding to the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (from $2 billion to $636 million)
- A 48% reduction in funding to EPA’s Office of Science and Technology: Clean Air and Global Climate Change program (from $259 to $135 million)
- A 35% reduction in funding to EPA’s Environmental Programs and Management: Clean Air and Global Climate Change (from $474 to $310 million)
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Valerie Montecalvo, President, of Bayshore Recycling Family of Companies reminded everyone that it was 30 years ago that Governor Tom Kean signed the NJ Mandatory Recycling Act. “NJ is the nation’s #1 recycler, but we need to do more.” Debris removed by volunteers at Sandy Hook was sorted at Bayshore Recycling Family of Companies to maximize recycling opportunities.