Category Archives: Environmental data

Happy New Year from the Banks team!

On behalf of our environmental data team, I would like to wish you a happy and prosperous 2014! Environmental Prose will return next week with more news and insights from the environmental data industry. See you then! Jordan Schmidt Editor … Continue reading

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North Dakota shale play driving demand for environmental due diligence

The North Dakota shale boom is an exciting spectacle to behold. I traveled there last spring and was amazed by the new opportunities and tremendous amount of activity. As I drove into Williston, I was amazed to see so much … Continue reading

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Researchers team up with Google to map global deforestation

  It’s a familiar story we have all been hearing for years: global deforestation is increasing at an alarming rate. Decades of unsustainable logging in Malaysia has depleted timber stocks and crippled traditional forest management, leaving 15% of the world’s … Continue reading

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ASTM E 1527-13 has landed

The revision to ASTM E1527 standard was published this month putting a few new immediate changes into effect. ASTM standard E1527-05 is now listed as a historical standard; it is superseded by the 2013 revision. In a previous blog post, … Continue reading

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SXSW Eco 2013 – Shark tank for environmental innovators

The third SXSW Eco took place this past week in Austin. The mission of the annual conference is to bring together “thought leaders and decision makers” who are “working to solve the complex challenges facing civil society, the economy, and the natural … Continue reading

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Cleanup plan for Houston superfund site open for public comment

The EPA has extended the deadline for public comment on the South Cavalcade Street Superfund site in Houston, Texas until September 23, 2013. During this time period, the EPA invites interested parties to review the proposed cleanup plan and provide … Continue reading

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ASTM E-1527 revisions open for public comment

  The EPA has issued a Federal Register notice indicating that the proposed changes to ASTM 1527 are open for public comment until September 13, 2013. The revised standard (E1527-13) will be effective 90 days from the close of the … Continue reading

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Can social media save Texas? #txdrought

Texas lakes, rivers and aquifers have become ghosts of their former selves. Lake Meredith in Amarillo has fallen to 0% capacity and many other lakes are dangerously low. In hopes of addressing the drought crisis, Texans will vote in November … Continue reading

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Determining the social cost of carbon emissions

In 2009, the Obama administration formed the Interagency Working Group on Social Cost of Carbon. The group draws on the latest science and data models to calculate the costs and benefits of reducing greenhouse gas emissions through federal regulations. According … Continue reading

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Lending services to non-profits makes me happy

At Banks Environmental Data, I have the opportunity to work on various environmental projects representing a wide range of applications for both public and private sectors. It is always a privilege to work on any environmental study whether it’s a … Continue reading

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City directory searches now providing more for less

A city directory search is a tool used by environmental professionals to identify historical tenants of nearby buildings, which aids in developing an understanding of the activities surrounding a target property. We are excited to announce that our city directory … Continue reading

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Introducing new and improved environmental database reports!

  We are pleased to announce the launch of our new and improved ASTM/AAI Database Reports. We’ve spent over a year developing this new reporting tool with one goal in mind: To make environmental regulatory reporting easier for you. Less … Continue reading

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Funding slashed for FEMA Hazard Mapping and Risk Analysis Program

Last August, we informed you that President Obama signed into law the Flood Insurance Reform Act, which introduced changes to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The legislation was implemented to improve efficiency of the program while equipping FEMA with … Continue reading

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Revised BLM rules for fracking on federal and tribal lands

The Department of Interior’s (DOI) Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has released an updated draft of the proposed new rule governing fracking on federal and tribal lands: oil and gas, well stimulation, including hydraulic fracturing, on federal and Indian lands. … Continue reading

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Understanding the basics of aerial photography: Diverse applications

  In previous installments of our Understanding Aerial Photography series, we covered the History of Aerial Photography, Scaling and Formatting of Aerial Imagery, and the different types of formats in which aerial imagery can be viewed. Aerial photography is used … Continue reading

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