Environment

Brookings Tackles “Water Problem” at Summit

On March 28, the Brookings Institution convened a half-day summit, titled “Tackling the ‘Water Problem’: Challenges facing U.S. regulation, sustainability, and global geopolitics.” Former U.S. Secretary of Interior under President Clinton, Bruce Babbitt, provided a keynote address and two panels were convened to discuss domestic water infrastructure and regulations, as well as global water security,......

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Hidden, But Not Forgotten: The Engineering Role in Legacy Site Remediation

Ever since the Gold King mine accident this August in Colorado, public interest has grown – with Congress following suit – in the murky environmental legacy issue of abandoned mines that are pervasive across the American landscape.  Often unbeknownst even to nearby neighbors, abandoned mines represent a pastime of American history that drove Western development......

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California DOT Issues Proposal Rule for Fracking

With vast reserves of hydrocarbon energy trapped deep under its surface, the state of California is getting ready to oversee the exploration for and recovery of the nation’s largest supply of oil and natural gas from shale fields.  The California Department of Conservation (DOC) has issued a proposed rule that would govern the petroleum industry’s......

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