My work sometimes brings me into contact with federal publications about Alaska. Some are old and some are new. Here’s a selection of some recent items I’ve run across:
Title Investigations for radioactive deposits in southeastern Alaska /
Internet Access http://purl.fdlp.gov/GPO/gpo63104
Author West, Walter S.(Walter Scott),1912-author.
Published [Washington, D.C.] : United States Department of the Interior, Geological Survey, 1955.
Series ( Geological Survey bulletin ; 1024-B.)
General Note “This report concerns work done on behalf of the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission and is published with the permission of the Commission. ”
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (page 54) and index.
Title Aleutian voices /
Internet Access http://purl.fdlp.gov/GPO/gpo62606
Published [Washington, D.C.?] : U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, 2014-
Publication Dates Began with: Volume 1, no. 1 (2014).
Title Subsistence study for the North Aleutian Basin /
Internet Access http://purl.fdlp.gov/GPO/gpo63065
Author Reedy-Maschner, Katherine L.,1975-author.
Published Anchorage, AK : U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Alaska Region, 2012.
Description 1 online resource (xv, 226 pages) : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps.
Series ( OCS study ; BOEM 2012-109.)
I’m doing some test posting from e-mail. Forgive the odd posts over the next day or two. At least I’m showing interest in this blog again!
Here’s a summary of what happened on the International Space Station on October 28, 2013:
ISS Daily Summary Report – 10/28/13
Posted on October 28, 2013 by HQ.
Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV)-4 Undocking: ATV-4 successfully undocked from the Service Module at 03:54 am CDT this morning. The ISS crew monitored and took photographs of the undocking. ATV-4 delivered more than 2489 kg of cargo to the ISS when it arrived on June 15th and will be disposing of more than 2160 kg. ATV-4’s final de-orbit burn prior to destructive reentry is scheduled to occur at 06:28am Saturday, November 2nd.
Spinal Ultrasound Scans: Flight Engineer (FE)-6 Nyberg performed as the operator conducting the first Spinal Ultrasound Scan session on FE-3 Hopkins with remote guidance from the ground team. This investigation aims to characterize microgravity-associated spinal alterations during and after spaceflight using in-flight ultrasound. Results from this research will provide data to enhance crew health for long duration space missions.
NanoRacks Module 9: FE-5 Parmitano activated and shook designated mixing tubes while capturing video of his activities. This
investigation is a result of a commercial Science Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education program overseen by the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE), called the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP). Student teams from across the United States design their own experiments using flight approved fluids and materials. The investigation consists of 17 different science experiments flown in a NanoRacks Module on board the ISS.
Pro K (Dietary Intake Can Predict and Protect Against Changes in Bone Metabolism during Spaceflight and Recovery) Diet: All three USOS crewmembers continued with their Pro K diet today. All performed a urine pH test and updated the log of food and beverages consumed while on the controlled diet. Each crewmember will perform these activities multiple times during their stay onboard ISS. This is NASA’s first evaluation of a dietary countermeasure to lessen bone loss of astronauts. The results of this study will be used to determine if a decreased ratio of animal protein to potassium will lead to a decreased loss of bone mineral. Pro K findings may impact the definition of nutritional requirements and development of food systems for future exploration missions and could yield a method of
counteracting bone loss with no risk of side effects.
NASA at 50… Plus 5 (Government Book Talk)
The helpful folks at Government Book Talk do a roundup of books relating to the history of NASA, which celebrated its 55th anniversary on July 29, 2013.
I have a number of side projects I work on a on-again, off-again basis. One of these is compiling a bibliography of federal documents titled by color (i.e. Red Book, White Book, Green Book, etc)
This week I was browsing through the April 1981 issue of the Orange Book: Critical Project Status Report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
Projects in the Orange Book were considered to have a significant impact on the nation’s energy supply or on questions of energy policy. According to the introduction in the Orange Book, “Because of their importance to national supply and policy, each energy and issue critical project is assigned to a Project Manager responsible for monitoring throughout the regulatory process – ensuring timeliness and quality of review through the regulatory process.”
Page 13 of the April 1981 Orange Book was dedicated to CP 78-123 et al, Alaska Natural Gas Transportation Systems (ANGTS). At the time, the pipeline construction cost was put at $10 billion and was expected to produce 2.4 billion cubic feet a day.
The FERC status of the pipeline as of April 1981 was:
Prebuild hearings completed. Orders issued. Alaska Segment hearings awaiting submission of financing plan.
The Orange Book also noted that the Gasline was originally meant to have been completed by 1/1/1983. In its “slippage analysis” of that date, FERC noted “Unresolved issues concerning producer participation in financing has held up submission of a financing plan.”
Fast forward 30 years and the past appears to be prolouge.