SEISMIC TESTS: The Interior Department is laying the ground for possible oil-and-gas development in the Atlantic.
The department released its environment review on Thursday, detailing safeguards contractors that conduct seismic surveying — which includes air gun tests — would need to follow.
BOXER TO PUSH GAO: On Friday, Sen. Barbara BoxerBarbara BoxerCarly Fiorina 'certainly looking at' Virginia Senate run Top Obama adviser signs with Hollywood talent agency: report Democrats vie for chance to take on Trump as California governor MORE (D-Calif.) will send a letter to the Government Accountability Office requesting an investigation into the State Department's environmental review process of the Keystone XL oil pipeline.
Boxer said on Wednesday that she would back Rep. Raúl Grijalva's (D-Ariz.) request. Grijalva said the GAO told him they would conduct a probe.
Friday on Capitol Hill ... The House Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing on increasing flexibility in the Fisheries Management Act.
Off Capitol Hill ... Environmental Protection Agency chief Gina McCarthyGina McCarthyObama EPA chief: Pruitt must uphold ‘law and science’ Overnight Energy: Congress does away with Obama coal mining rule GOP suspends rules to push through EPA pick despite Dem boycott MORE will talk about the renewable fuel mandate and coal with Sen. Heidi HeitkampHeidi HeitkampThe buzzword everyone can agree on in the health debate: RESTORE Greens launch ads against two GOP senators for Pruitt votes Poll: Senate should confirm Gorsuch MORE (D) in the senator's home state of North Dakota.
AROUND THE WEB:
The Houston Chronicle reports vehicles running on natural gas will see a rapid rise across the globe into 2023.
NBC News reports scientists are more certain than ever on climate change, according to a report put forward but the National Academy of Science and the United Kingdom's Royal Society.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:
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- Pelosi endorses Eshoo for top Energy spot
- Interior takes key step on Atlantic drilling
- Mexico, China led on climate action in 2013
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