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Call to reform the Flooding and Coastal Hazards Technical Working Group
The following is from Ken Fergason, 2014-2015 AEG president:

"I've had the privilege to interact with numerous people during my tenure as president of AEG, which has been one of the most valuable aspects of this opportunity. One area that I've had repeated discussions about is that of flooding and coastal hazards — these discussions have ranged from extreme events like Hurricane Katrina or Superstorm Sandy to more general discussion of beach erosion or global sea level rise. In any event, it is clear that flooding and coastal hazards already play an important part of our profession and this will only increase over the coming years. Literally billions of dollars of damage is regularly occurring.

"I strongly believe that AEG has an opportunity to become a very important technical resource where we can truly 'connect professionals, practice and the public' in this increasingly visible area. Therefore, I am calling for volunteers to reform the Flooding and Coastal Hazards Technical Working Group. This will allow for experts in this field to come together, coordinate technical articles for AEG publications, coordinate speakers for our Annual Meeting and become a proactive resource to the professional community.

"Perhaps most importantly, I want the reformed group to serve as a steering committee to plan for an 'AEG Professional Forum on Coastal Hazards,' similar in format to recent 'AEG Professional Forum on Landslides: Time to Face the Landslide Hazard Dilemma: Bridging Science, Policy, Public Safety, and Potential Loss.' I've had many discussions with state geologists and other interested experts who are excited at the possibility of such a forum.

Please contact me at if you are interested.
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Looking for silent auction items
From Jane Gill-Shaler, RG, AEG Foundation director:

"Just like our summer, the AEG 2015 Meeting is heating up! If you have any interesting items for our silent auction, let us know! Some of our members are donating hand-made pottery, jewelry, wine, craft beer and other small items. One of your AEG Foundation directors will be at the Thursday, Aug. 6, dinner meeting of the Carolinas Section of AEG, and, yes, I will accept silent auction items at that time!"

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Net petroleum product exports continue to increase
U.S. Energy Information Administration
Over the past decade, domestic refinery output of petroleum products has grown significantly while consumption has declined, resulting in a major increase in product exports. Petroleum product exports averaged 4.1 million barrels per day (b/d) in the first four months of the year, an increase of 0.5 million b/d over exports the same time last year. Product imports are also higher than last year but, to a lesser extent, leading to an increase in net petroleum product exports.
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Historic brewery restored with help of geopolymer
Turning a 119 year old brewhouse into a four-star boutique hotel is no easy task. For the project to be a success, the structure had to literally be raised from it's grave.
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Wildfires in Western Canada force miners to halt operations, shipments
The over 400 wildfires currently raging in Canada's Western provinces of British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan, have forced miners to suspend operations and shipments. The latest victim is Claude Resources, which announced Monday it has suspended operations at its Seabee gold mine in northern Saskatchewan, as a wildfire about eight kilometers south of the operation could expand.
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