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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 29 May 2000



BRIEFING:  OIL AND GAS PRICE PROJECTIONS
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	The Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition on Thursday, June 1, will host a 
briefing on the outlook for oil and natural gas supply and prices during 
the summer and through the end of the year.  Speakers will be Melanie 
Kenderdine, acting director of the Department of Energy's Policy Office, 
and John Cook, director of the Petroleum Division at the Energy Information 
Administration.

	The session will begin on Thursday, June 1, at 2:00 pm in room 430 of the 
Dirksen Senate Office Building.

	CONTACT:  Cameron Taylor at the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition (224-0606).


STAFF TRIP TO SUSQUEHANNA RIVER BASIN
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	The Susquehanna River Basin Task Force on Thursday, June 1, will sponsor a 
congressional staff trip to Lock Haven, PA, for the dedication of a new 
fish ladder at the Lock Haven dam.  The fish ladder is a state-of-the-art 
addition to the dam that will allow shad and other anadromous fish to 
access many additional miles of spawning habitat located behind the 
dam.  Staff will tour the Lock Haven facility and learn of the Chesapeake 
Bay and Susquehanna River Basin Commissions' efforts to restore shad and 
other migratory fish to the Susquehanna.

	CONTACT:  George Dusenbury at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (544-5200).


REPORT:  FINANCING NONPOINT POLLUTION CONTROL
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	The Northeast-Midwest Institute, in conjunction with the Marine Studies 
Consortium of Needham, MA, has released a final report for their Nonpoint 
Finance Project.  As a result of forums in Chicago and Baltimore, as well 
as individual interviews and research, the report suggests three broad 
proposals for improving the financing of nonpoint source pollution 
abatement.  The report can be found on the Institute's web site at 
http://www.nemw.org/NPFreport.pdf.

	CONTACT:  George Dusenbury at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (544-5200).


CANADIAN BORDER TRADE
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	The Senate on May 25 approved legislation that should ease U.S.-Canada 
trade and transit.  The Immigration and Naturalization Service Data 
Management Improvement Act of 2000 replaces the current requirement that by 
March 30, 2001, a record of arrival and departure be collected for every 
alien at all ports of entry with a more achievable requirement that the 
Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) develop an "integrated entry 
and exit data system" that focuses on data the INS already collects 
regularly at ports of entry.

	The legislation also establishes a task force that will examine ways to 
improve technology and other measures to improve transit at the border.  An 
identical bill already passed the House.

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