USGS Cooperative Water Program Quarterly Highlights

Welcome to Volume 6 of the USGS Cooperative Water Program Quarterly Highlights, January 2013 
  
Please share these highlights with your staff, partners, and other colleagues. Feel free to include these highlights in your organization's newsletters and updates. 

COMING FEATURES
 

GWPC 2013 Annual Forum

Mark your calendars now for the 2013 Annual Forum

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS COMING SOON!!!
When:        SEPTEMBER 22-25
Where:       ST LOUIS, MO,
Location:    CHASE PARK PLAZA HOTEL
                     212 N Kingshighway Blvd
                     St. Louis, MO 63108

FracFocus 2.0 Go Live Date

 
Dear FracFocus Participating Company:
 

Seasons Greetings from GWPC

Thank you to all of our members and participants who supported the Ground Water Protection Council in 2012.

We hope you will join us at one of our upcoming events in 2013 including:
 

Massachusetts Announces Final Sustainable Water Management Initiative

Today, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts announced the Sustainable Water Management Initiative (SWMI).  SWMI was created in 2010 by the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs and included a wide range of stakeholders and support from the Department of Environmental Protection, the Department of Fish and Game, and the Department of Conservation and Recreation.

State Regulators Issue White Paper on Stray Gas

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Ground Water Protection Council (GWPC) released a White Paper summarizing the Stray Gas Incidence & Response Forum recently held in Cleveland, OH. Co-hosted by U.S. Department of Energy the event focused on stray gas in areas where shale gas or other unconventional natural gas is being developed. Stray gas is gas that migrates from its natural geological location into aquifers or the shallow subsurface. 
 

Call for Abstracts - 2013 UIC Conference

GWPC has released an announcement and Call for Abstracts for the 2013 UIC Conference.
 
Download Here

Fracking: The Roles of Corporate Self Governance and Federal, State, and Local Control

The attached issue of The Environmental Forum focuses on the issue of Hydraulic Fracturing regulation.  GWPC Executive Director Mike Paque penned an article as part of this discussion.
Dowload all the articles. 

GAO Releases Reports on Shale Gas

 
The GAO recently released two reports on shale gas:
 
Unconventional Oil and Gas Development: Key Environmental and Public Health Requirements” was released yesterday and is available here: http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-12-874
and
Oil and Gas: Information on Shale Resources, Development, and Environmental and Public Health Risks” which is available here: http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-12-732

Protecting groundwater protects public health, the environment

 
More info availabe at the PYGWD Web site

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