On May 29, 2014, the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy announced the availability for public review and comment the Proposed Procedures for Liquefied Natural Gas Export Decisions. (please see Federal Register Notice link below). DOE proposes to act on applications to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the lower-48 states to non-FTA countries only after the review required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) has been completed, suspending its practice of issuing conditional decisions prior to final authorization decisions.
The Office of Fossil Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory has an unconventional oil and gas program devoted to research in this important area of energy development. The laboratory partners with industry and academia through cost-sharing agreements to develop scientific knowledge and advance technologies that can improve the environmental performance of unconventional resource development. Once the resulting technologies are deployed for commercial use, our nation stands to reap huge benefits. Seven new projects were selected in the fall of 2013 under this program.
Portions of the Youghiogheny River are protected under the Scenic and Wild Rivers Act, and development on or near these areas is restricted. COMAR section 08.15.02 addresses permitted uses and allowable and prohibited agricultural, mining, commercial, industrial, and recreational activities in these areas, as well as stream alteration and diversion.
The Yellowstone River Compact, agreed to by the States of Montana, North Dakota, and Wyoming, provides for an equitable division and apportionment of the waters of the Yellowstone River, as well as for the conservation, development, and beneficial use of water in the Yellowstone River Basin. This chapter provides more specific information on regulations governing the basin.
The Workplace Skills Enhancement Program (WSEP) helps businesses in strategic sectors train employees to improve productivity and/or global competitiveness.
Eligible applicants are businesses in strategic sectors including corporations, partnerships, sole proprietorships, co-operatives, social enterprises and business networks.
It may also include not-for-profit organizations on behalf of businesses. Strategic sectors include:
The Workforce Training Grant (WTG) Program reimburses $5,000 per full time employee meeting wage requirements (lower of county or state average weekly wage) for new and existing employee training costs. The term of the program is 24 months. Business must demonstrate 50% sales from outside Montana and meet other eligibility criteria. Additionally, a $1 of match for every $3 WTG Funds is required of participating businesses.
The Workforce Development Training Program funds industry-education partnerships through which customized training programs and short-term, job-specific training is delivered. The Workforce Development Program supports up to one-half of the total eligible training cost via a matching grant.
Workforce 20/20 a state funded program that assists employers who provide retraining and upgrade training to support the introduction of new technologies and work methods into the workplace. The funding is provided for current workers and new employees. Training funded under Workforce 20/20 is limited to North Dakota residents who are or will be employed in the state. The program is a funding source to assist in reducing the cost of training for the employer.