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April 17, 2014
2013 Unconventional Oil and Gas Project Selections

The Office of Fossil Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory has an unconventional oil and gas program devoted to research in this important area of energy development. The laboratory partners with industry and academia through cost-sharing agreements to develop scientific knowledge and advance technologies that can improve the environmental performance of unconventional resource development. Once the resulting technologies are deployed for commercial use, our nation stands to reap huge benefits. Seven new projects were selected in the fall of 2013 under this program.

April 9, 2014
Dockets Open for Public Comment

Below is a list of the dockets that are currently open for public comment. The PDF files below contain more information on how to submit your comments.

March 28, 2014
Youghiogheny Wild and Scenic River (Maryland)

Portions of the Youghiogheny River are protected under the Scenic and Wild Rivers Act, and development on or near these areas is restricted. COMAR section 08.15.02 addresses permitted uses and allowable and prohibited agricultural, mining, commercial, industrial, and recreational activities in these areas, as well as stream alteration and diversion.

March 28, 2014
Yellowstone River Compact (North Dakota)

The Yellowstone River Compact, agreed to by the States of Montana, North Dakota, and Wyoming, provides for an equitable division and apportionment of the waters of the Yellowstone River, as well as for the conservation, development, and beneficial use of water in the Yellowstone River Basin. This chapter provides more specific information on regulations governing the basin.

March 28, 2014
Workplace Skills Enhancement Program (Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada)

The Workplace Skills Enhancement Program (WSEP) helps businesses in strategic sectors train employees to improve productivity and/or global competitiveness.

Eligible applicants are businesses in strategic sectors including corporations, partnerships, sole proprietorships, co-operatives, social enterprises and business networks.
It may also include not-for-profit organizations on behalf of businesses. Strategic sectors include:

March 28, 2014
Workforce Training Grant (WTG) Program (Montana)

The Workforce Training Grant (WTG) Program reimburses $5,000 per full time employee meeting wage requirements (lower of county or state average weekly wage) for new and existing employee training costs. The term of the program is 24 months. Business must demonstrate 50% sales from outside Montana and meet other eligibility criteria. Additionally, a $1 of match for every $3 WTG Funds is required of participating businesses.

March 28, 2014
Workforce Development Training Program (South Dakota)

The Workforce Development Training Program funds industry-education partnerships through which customized training programs and short-term, job-specific training is delivered. The Workforce Development Program supports up to one-half of the total eligible training cost via a matching grant.

March 28, 2014
Workforce 20/20 (North Dakota)

Workforce 20/20 a state funded program that assists employers who provide retraining and upgrade training to support the introduction of new technologies and work methods into the workplace. The funding is provided for current workers and new employees. Training funded under Workforce 20/20 is limited to North Dakota residents who are or will be employed in the state. The program is a funding source to assist in reducing the cost of training for the employer.

March 28, 2014
Worker Training Program (Nebraska)

The Worker Training Program is a business incentive program to support the retraining and upgrading of Nebraska’s current workforce. The amount of grant funding available quarterly is distributed on the basis of size of firm, type of industry, geographic location, and demand occupations that broaden the skill pool and benefit the local and state economy. Businesses must participating must match at least an equal amount to the funds provided by the program.

March 28, 2014
Work Affecting Public Waters (Minnesota)

Earlier sections of chapter 103G describe the process of delineating public waters; this section describes the responsibility of contractors and property owners when construction or other activity affects public waters. No person may construct, reconstruct, remove, or make a change in a reservoir, dam, or waterway obstruction on a public water or in any manner change or diminish the course, current, or cross section of public waters without obtaining a permit, as described by this section.