Democratic News

May 06 2011

Week Ahead: May 9-13

Week of May 9-13
 
On Tuesday, May 10, the full committee will hear testimony on new developments in upstream oil and gas technologies.  Witnesses will include Dr. Thomas Davis, director, Reservoir Characterization Project, Colorado School of Mines, Golden; Andy Hendricks, president, Drilling & Measurements, Schlumberger, Sugar Land, Texas; Steve Melzer, engineer and founder, Melzer Consulting, Midland, Texas; Lois Epstein, director, Arctic Program, The Wilderness Society, Anchorage, Alaska; and others.  (Dirksen 366 at 10:00 a.m.)
 
On Wednesday, May 11, the subcommittee on National Parks will hold a legislative hearing on:
 
·          S. 114, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to enter into a cooperative agreement for a park headquarters at San Antonio Missions National Historical Park in Texas, to expand the boundary of the Park and to conduct a study of potential land acquisitions;
·          S. 127, to establish the Buffalo Bayou National Heritage Area in Texas;
·          S. 140, to designate as wilderness certain land and inland water within the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Michigan;
·          S. 161, to establish Pinnacles National Park in California as a unit of the National Park System;
·          S. 177, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to acquire the Gold Hill Ranch in Coloma, CA;
·          S. 247, to establish the Harriet Tubman National Historical Park in Auburn, New York, and the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park in Maryland;
·          S. 279, to direct the Secretary of the Interior to carry out a study to determine the suitability and feasibility of establishing Camp Hale in Colorado as a unit of the National Park System;
·          S. 302, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to issue right-of-way permits for a natural gas pipeline in non-wilderness areas within the boundary of Denali National Park in Alaska;
·          S. 313, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to issue permits for a microhydro project in non-wilderness areas within the boundaries of Denali National Park in Alaska, and to acquire land for the park from Doyon Tourism, Inc.;
·          S. 323, to establish the First State National Historical Park in Delaware;
·          S. 403, to designate segments of the Molalla River in Oregon as components of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System;
·          S. 404, to modify a land grant patent issued by the Secretary of the Interior;
·          S. 508, to establish the Chimney Rock National Monument in Colorado;
·          S. 535, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to lease certain lands within Fort Pulaski National Monument in Georgia;
·          S. 564, to designate the Valles Caldera National Preserve in New Mexico as a unit of the National Park System;
·          S. 599, to establish a commission to commemorate the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War;
·          S. 713, to modify the boundary of Petersburg National Battlefield in Virginia;
·          S. 765, to modify the boundary of the Oregon Caves National Monument in Oregon;
·          S. 779, to authorize the acquisition and protection of nationally significant battlefields and associated sites of the Revolutionary War and War of 1812 under the American Battlefield Protection Program;
·          S. 849, to establish the Waco Mammoth National Monument in Texas; and
·          S. 858, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to study the suitability and feasibility of designating the Colonel Charles Young Home in Xenia, Ohio, as a unit of the National Park System.
 
 
Witnesses will include Joel Holtrop, deputy chief, National Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Stephen Whitesell, associate director of park planning, facilities and lands, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.  (Dirksen 366 at 2:30 p.m.)
 
On Thursday, May 12, the full committee will receive testimony on carbon capture and sequestration legislation, including S. 699 and S. 757.  Witnesses will be Scott Klara, deputy director, National Energy Technology Laboratory, Morgantown, WV;  Matt Watson, senior energy policy manager, Environmental Defense Fund, Washington; Sallie Greenberg, assistant director, Advanced Energy Technology Initiative, Illinois State Geological Survey, Champaign; and Chiara Trabucchi, principal and chief financial officer, Industrial Economics Inc., Cambridge, MA.  (Dirksen 366 at 9:30 a.m.)
 
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