A rugged, whitewater river flowing northward through deep canyons, the New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. New River Gorge National River in West Virginia encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along the New River, is rich in cultural and natural history, and offers an abundance of scenic and recreational opportunities.
Big Southern Butte is one of two domes rising from a sea of basalt near the center of the eastern Snake River Plain in Idaho. The butte is one of the largest volcanic domes in the world, but at 300,000 years old it is also one of the youngest. Hikers who trek to the 7,550-foot high summit are rewarded with spectacular panoramic views. Photo by Devin Englestead, BLM Upper Snake Wildlife Biologist.
First light at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. Established in November 22, 1939, the refuge has provided a critical stopover and wintering spot for thousands of sandhill cranes, geese and other waterfowl for 75 years. Bosque del Apache's sandhill crane population has multiplied from 18 birds in the 1840s to more than 20,000 birds today. Photo by Kim Hang Dessoliers (www.sharetheexperience.org).
Secretary Jewell to Attend Offshore Technology Conference
Office of the Secretary
Will see first-hand latest technologies for the development of offshore resources
WASHINGTON – As part of the Obama Administration's commitment to the safe and responsible development of offshore resources, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will travel to Houston, Texas on Wednesday to attend the 2013 Offshore Technology Conference. Secretary Jewell will tour the exhibition floor where she will talk to offshore oil and gas industry stakeholders and see firsthand the current and developing technologies used for offshore exploration and production.
Wednesday's trip will build upon Jewell's visit last week to the Gulf of Mexico where she toured an offshore drilling rig and a production platform with a BSEE inspector. The Offshore Technology Conference attracts more than 80,000 attendees each year from more than 110 countries. The conference focuses on the latest trends and technologies for the development of offshore resources in the fields of drilling, exploration, production and environmental protection.
Following the exhibition floor tour, Jewell will hold a media availability to discuss her commitment to work with industry leaders to ensure safe and environmentally responsible offshore oil and gas operations. Credentialed news media who are registered with the conference are encouraged to RSVP to Jessica Kershaw before 9am, Wednesday, May 8th.
Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior
James Watson, Director of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement
Tommy P. Beaudreau, Acting Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Director
Media Availability at 2013 Offshore Technology Conference
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 12:30 P.M. CDT
Rotunda in Lobby (across from Hall B) Reliant Park Houston, TX
Credentialed news media who are registered with the conference are encouraged to RSVP to Jessica Kershaw before 9 A.M, Wednesday, May 8, 2013.