Aderholt Announces $1,200,000 in Federal Funds for the Geological Survey of Alabama
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Robert Aderholt (R-Haleyville) today announced the inclusion of $1,200,000 in funding for the states' Risk Based Data Management System, a portion of which will go to the Geological Survey of Alabama, located at the University of Alabama. The funds were included in the 2008 Energy and Water Appropriations bill at the request of Congressman Aderholt.
The bill passed the House of Representatives today by a vote of 312 to 112. The money would be used by the Geological Survey of Alabama for oil and gas electronic commerce and environmental protection initiatives that in the past has allowed the expansion of oil and natural gas production in Alabama while providing enhanced environmental protection.
“With gas prices as high as they are today, it is critical that we do everything possible to increase domestic production of oil while protecting the environment. This project at the Geological Survey of Alabama could help do just that,” said Congressman Aderholt.
The Geological Survey of Alabama, established in 1848, provides service and information to Alabama and its citizens as a natural resource data gathering and research agency. As part of its mission, GSA explores and evaluates the mineral, water, energy, biological, and other natural resources of the State of Alabama and conducts basic and applied research in these fields.
The 2008 Energy and Water Appropriations bill provides funding for several departments including the U.S. Department of Energy and related agencies such as the Appalachian Regional Commission.
The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.