This Week at Interior May 3, 2019

This Week at Interior May 3, 2019


Hi, I’m David Bernhardt On April 15th,
I sent you an email I explained that I would try to communicate with all of you regularly. I also requested that you send me ideas of
how we can improve the functions at the Department and better serve the American people. One suggestion I received was to resume the
“Week at Interior” newsletter, Today’s message will be our first effort
at providing such a weekly recap, I hope you find the information helpful and
inclusive to our collective missions. Thanks. This Week at Interior… Secretary Bernhardt announced nearly 215-million
dollars this week in energy revenues for four states producing oil and gas in the Gulf of
Mexico: Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. That’s an increase of more than 14 percent
over last year’s payout. The funds will help support coastal conservation
and storm protection projects. Find out more at doi.gov The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement
this week released the final improved Blowout Preventer
Systems and Well Control regulations. BSEE’s final Well Control Rule – as the
regulation is commonly known – putting both public and environmental safety first. The rule strengthens safety and environmental
protection while removing unnecessary regulatory burdens to responsible offshore development. Get details at bsee.gov An agreement signed between the United States
and Vietnam for stronger cooperation when it comes to fighting illegal wildlife trafficking. Trafficking is a global security threat that
threatens some species with extinction while making billions of dollars for international
organized crime. Get the full story at doi.gov. Secretary Bernhardt traveled to Indianapolis
to give keynote remarks at the National Rifle Association’s Hunters’ Leadership Forum
dinner. The Secretary spoke on the importance of conservation
stewardship, the Department’s success in opening up access to public lands. The USGS this week released findings of a
new study on how coral reefs reduce coastal hazards, protecting both lives and infrastructure. The study will help managers take effective
actions to reduce the risk to, and increase the resiliency of, U.S. mainland and U.S.
insular area coastal communities to flooding and other hazards. Check out the details at usgs.gov The Bureau of Indian Affairs has a new Director. Darryl LaCounte, a member of the Turtle Mountain
Band of Chippewa Indians in North Dakota… he says his top priority is to fill all of
the bureau’s leadership positions with highly qualified managers to provide continuity and
expertise in trust management. Congratulations to 16-year old Nicole Jeon
from Scarsdale, New York, for taking home top honors in this year’s National Junior
Duck Stamp Art Contest. The Junior Duck Stamp helps raise funds for
youth education in wildlife and wetlands conservation, and outdoor recreation. And Interior’s Social Media Picture of the
Week, this amazing photograph of Glacier National Park, courtesy of the National Park Service. Make sure you follow Interior on Facebook,
Instagram, and Twitter. That’s This Week, at Interior.


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