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).
TODAY: Secretary Jewell, USGS to Release Oil and Gas Assessment for Bakken and Three Forks Formations
Office of the Secretary
WASHINGTON – Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and other Interior leaders will participate in a press teleconference this morning to release the U.S. Geological Survey's (USGS) updated oil and gas resource assessment for the Bakken Formation and a new assessment for the Three Forks Formation – both located in the Williston Basin in Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota.
Joining Secretary Jewell will be Assistant Secretary for Water and Science Anne Castle, USGS Acting Director Suzette Kimball and Brenda Pierce, USGS Energy Resources Program Coordinator.
Since a 2008 USGS assessment of the Bakken Formation, more than 4,000 wells have been drilled in the Williston Basin, providing important new subsurface geologic data. Previously little data existed on the Three Forks Formation and it was generally thought to be unproductive. The USGS undertook the assessment as part of a nationwide project assessing U.S. petroleum basins using standardized methodology and protocol.
The teleconference is open to credentialed media representatives by calling 1-888-947-9021 and entering access code: INTERIOR.
Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell Assistant Secretary for Water and Science Anne Castle USGS Acting Director Suzette Kimball USGS Energy Resources Program Coordinator Brenda Pierce
Press teleconference to unveil results of new oil and gas resource assessment for the Bakken and Three Forks Formations
Tuesday, April 30, 2013, at 11:30 a.m. EDT
Credentialed members of the media can participate in the press teleconference call by dialing 888-947-9021 and entering passcode: INTERIOR