OEAS Seminar 2/14/13


The Department of Ocean, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences invites you to attend its weekly seminar series.  David Spears from the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals & Energy will present “Geology and Public Policy – Recent Issues in Virginia.”  Please join us at 3pm in the Oceanography Building (OCNPS) Room 200, Thursday, February 14th, 2013.  All are welcome to attend. 




Government decision makers are faced with difficult choices when it comes to public policy regarding energy and mineral resources.  Our nation is heavily dependent on fossil fuels, fissile materials, rare earth elements and other raw materials which often come from foreign sources.  Even though developing our own domestic supplies has obvious strategic advantages, such development often conflicts with other societal priorities such as environmental protection and social justice.  To further complicate matters, pressure is brought to bear on politicians by an uninformed or misinformed populace that is generally anti-development and by businesses that have a financial interest in development.   In this presentation, Virginia’s State Geologist will use recent, Virginia-specific examples such as uranium mining, shale gas, and offshore drilling to highlight the ways in which government-based geoscientists play a unique role in providing unbiased scientific guidance in public debates about how to best manage our nation’s energy and mineral resources.

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Posted By: Donna Sellers
Date: Mon Feb 11 10:07:16 EST 2013