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This Week at Interior July 26, 2013


July 26, 2013


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THIS WEEK, AT INTERIOR….

 

THE BUREAU OF OCEAN ENERGY MANAGEMENT THIS WEEK ANNOUNCED A *SECOND* SALE OF OFFSHORE WIND ENERGY LEASES… THAT SALE WILL TAKE PLACE IN SEPTEMBER… IT’LL OFFER UP NEARLY ONE HUNDRED TWELVE THOUSAND ACRES OFF THE COAST OF VIRGINIA. INTERIOR SECRETARY SALLY JEWELL SAYS THE SALE MARKS AN IMPORTANT TRANSITION FROM PLANNING TO ACTION, WHEN IT COMES CAPTURING THE CLEAN ENERGY POTENTIAL OF THE ATLANTIC WINDS. MEANWHILE THE NATION’S *FIRST* LEASE SALE OF OFFSHORE WIND ENERGY SITES, OFF THE COASTS OF RHODE ISLAND AND MASSACHUSETTS, IS STILL ON SCHEDULE TO TAKE PLACE JULY 31ST.

 

THE 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE KOREAN WAR ARMISTICE IS BEING REMEMBERED THIS WEEK IN WASHINGTON… SATURDAY PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA JOINS SECRETARY JEWELL, VETERANS AFFAIRS SECRETARY SHINSEKI AND DEFENSE SECRETARY HAGEL AT THE MEMORIAL HONORING THOSE WHO FOUGHT AND DIED IN THAT CONFLICT SIX DECADES AGO. THE PRESIDENT AND SECRETARY JEWELL WILL OFFER REMARKS AT THE WREATH-LAYING CEREMONY… PORTIONS OF THE DAY’S EVENTS, WHICH KICK OFF SATURDAY AT 10AM, WILL BE STREAMED LIVE ON THE PENTAGON CHANNEL WEBSITE AT PENTAGONCHANNEL DOT MIL.

 

AND STAFF FROM THE FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE’S PACIFIC REGIONAL OFFICE HELPED MAKE THE DAY FOR SOME CHILDREN WITH CEREBRAL PALSY… ABOUT 40 CHILDREN GATHERED THIS WEEK AT THE BONNEVILLE DAM ON THE COLUMBIA RIVER NEAR PORTLAND OREGON FOR A FISHING EXPEDITION… FOR SOME KIDS, THEIR FIRST FISHING TRIP *EVER.* U-S FISH AND WILDLIFE STAFF PARTNERED WITH THE OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE, THE KIWANIS CLUB OF OREGON, *CAST* FOR KIDS FOUNDATION, AND UNITED CEREBRAL PALSY OF OREGON, TO MAKE THE TRIP HAPPEN.

 

THAT’S THIS WEEK, AT INTERIOR.