NEWS NOTES ON SUSTAINABLE WATER RESOURCES  Renewable Natural Resources Journal Vol 32 No 4  https://www.rnrf.org/rrj/RRJV32N4.pdf ...

NEWS NOTES ON SUSTAINABLE WATER RESOURCES  Renewable Natural Resources Journal Vol 32 No 4  https://www.rnrf.org/rrj/RRJV32N4.pdf    Environmental Impacts of the Deep-Water Oil and Gas Industry: The industrialization of the deep sea is expanding worldwide. Increasing oil and gas exploration activities in the absence of sufficient baseline data in deep-sea ecosystems has made environmental management challenging. This report reviews the types of activities that are associated with global offshore oil and gas development in water depths over 200 m, the typical impacts of these activities, and some of the more extreme impacts of accidental oil and gas releases.Western States Conservation Scorecard: An Analysis of Lands and Energy Policy Across the West:  Public lands in the American West are managed by state, local, and the federal governments on behalf of the American public. While the U.S. government manages the vast majority of public lands—including national parks, monuments, forests, and wildlife refuges—state policies directly impact the health and accessibility of public lands and the local communities that rely on them.The Center for Western Priorities developed a Western States Conservation Scorecard to evaluate state policies in eight Western states—Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming—placing a score on each state’s commitment to protecting and enhancing public lands in three key areas: lands and access, outdoor recreation, and responsible energy development. The goal of the scorecard is to illuminate best practices and gaps in state-level public lands-related policy in the West. This excerpt from the original report features responsible energy development issues.This issue will also be linked on the 2018 Reports Page 02 of the Sustainable Water Resources Site at https://sites.google.com/site/sustainablewaterresources/  Tim SmithSustainable Water Resources CoordinatorGovernment Web Site, https://acwi.gov/Sustainable Water Resources Site, https://sites.google.com/site/sustainablewaterresources/