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Struggling to stay up-to-date with the dizzying array of news coming out of the White House? Here's the news you need to know that pertains to ocean and coastal conservation.

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Posted on July 20, 2017 - 10:00am, by abrown
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Via E&E News

"The House Appropriations Committee late yesterday approved a $31.4 billion spending bill for U.S. EPA, the Interior Department and related agencies, giving them over $800 million less than fiscal 2017 but rejecting many of the administration's steeper cuts for programs popular with lawmakers and constituents."

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Posted on July 19, 2017 - 10:16am, by nwehner
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Via The Washington Post

"The draft budget resolution before the House Budget Committee, they say, kick starts a Rube Goldberg machine-like series of parliamentary procedures that, unless derailed, would lead to the opening of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to drilling through only simple-majority votes in the House and Senate. The Budget committee plans to mark up and vote on the budget draft today."

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Posted on July 19, 2017 - 10:10am, by nwehner
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Via The Washington Post

"Three days before the tech leader’s July 15 visit to Glacier, research ecologist Daniel Fagre said he was told that his scheduled tour with Zuckerberg of Logan Pass on the Continental Divide was off."

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Posted on July 18, 2017 - 12:04pm, by abrown
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Via The Washington Post

"Interstate fishing managers say a row with an appointee of President Donald Trump’s administration over the regulation of flounder fishing off New Jersey jeopardizes conservation of marine species all along the East Coast."

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Posted on July 14, 2017 - 12:57pm, by nwehner
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Via Coastal Point

"Meanwhile, the seismic testing must be done to even determine the best places for drilling. Seismic airguns shoot intense blasts of compressed air — one of the loudest manmade sounds. During testing, the blasts constantly pierce the ocean floor and reflect back up to help ships create a map of likely oil reserves in the Atlantic."

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Posted on July 14, 2017 - 11:57am, by nwehner
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Via The Washington Post

"But the appointment of fisheries biologist Chris Oliver to lead NOAA Fisheries — the agency within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that is charged with sustainable management of commercial fisheries worth more than $140 billion — represents a striking departure from the Trump administration’s scientific and environmental personnel and policy choices."

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Posted on July 12, 2017 - 2:12pm, by nwehner
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Via Ocean Conservancy

"This month we have seen two anti-ocean planning policy riders introduced in Congress: Section 505 of the House FY18 Energy & Water Appropriations bill and Section 435 of the House Interior & Environment Appropriations bill. We will not be surprised to see more in the coming weeks, as the House takes up additional spending bills."

In the News
Posted on July 10, 2017 - 10:32am, by nwehner
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As part of ongoing efforts to implement several of the President's recent Executive Orders, NOAA Fisheries and the National Ocean Service published a joint Federal Register notice on July 6, 2017, for a 45-day public comment period seeking broad input on identifying existing regulations and processes that, among other things, may be outdated, unnecessary, ineffective; inhibit job creation and growth; and /or can be further streamlined in a manner consistent with law. 

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Posted on June 28, 2017 - 10:51pm, by abrown
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Via The Mercury News

"Eleven national marine sanctuaries and monuments — from Monterey Bay to New England to the South Pacific — could lose protections under new details of a Trump Administration plan released Monday that seeks to expand offshore oil and gas drilling."

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