House Resources Committee Holds Hearing On Hydrographic Services Bill for the ArcticWashington, D.C. – The U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources held a hearing this morning on H.R. 2864, a bill authorizing funds to acquire hydrographic data and provide hydrographic services specific to the Arctic for safe navigation, delineating the United States extended continental shelf, and the monitoring and description of coastal changes, sponsored by Alaskan Congressman Don Young.
H.R. 2864 amends the Hydrographic Services Improvement Act to authorize the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to acquire hydrographic data, provide hydrographic services, map the extended continental shelf, and conduct coastal change analyses to support safe navigation and improve the management of coastal change in Alaska.
"As activity in the Arctic picks up, having accurate and abundant data to support safe navigation, claims to the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf, management of resources, and U.S. sovereignty becomes increasingly important," said Rep. Young. "Unfortunately, today, the moon is mapped more extensively than the Arctic."
This bill originated out of recommendations of the Arctic Marine Shipping Assessment, prepared in 2009 by the Arctic Council.
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Posted: May 7, 2010