Read about what’s happening in Washington, DC and learn of opportunities to impact legislation and policies.
The current Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) leasing plan expires in August 2017. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is developing a new plan, and requests information and comments from stakeholders. This is the first step in the plan development.
BOEM explains that it “…is seeking a wide array of information including, but not limited to, information associated with the economic, social, and environmental values of all OCS resources, as well as the potential impact of oil and gas exploration and development on other resource values of the OCS and the marine, coastal and human environments.”
Deadline July 31, 2014.
Comment on Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Proposal to Regulate Disclosure of Chemicals Used in Hydraulic Fracturing
With a May 19 Federal Register announcement, EPA is requesting input on how to obtain and publish information on the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing and other wellbore treatments.
Most elements of EPA’s plan are undefined and therefore open to stakeholder recommendation.
Deadline August 18, 2014.
DOE recently announced a new crosscutting initiative, the Subsurface Technology and Engineering RD&D (SubTER) Tech Team. For the first time all DOE offices with interest in the subsurface are involved: Fossil Energy, Geothermal, Nuclear Energy, Energy Information Administration, Environmental Management, Office of Science and, ARPA-E.
This RFI provides an opportunity for broad stakeholder input to aid SubTER in refining its priority initiatives.
Deadline May 26, 2015.
Start Planning for AAPG Congressional Visits Days, CVD, March 10-12, 2014
Plan to join a group of AAPG members in Washington, DC, next March for Congressional Visits Days.
AAPG CVD will be March 10-12, 2014.
This is an opportunity for you to help raise visibility and support for the geosciences, and discuss the science behind the energy issues important to you and other AAPG members.
A constructive visit from citizen geoscientists centered on the importance of geoscience, and the science behind energy issues such as hydraulic fracturing is the most effective way to inform and influence federal policy.
How it works:
- Monday afternoon will include an introductory session with AAPG policy staff providing information on how Congress works, how to conduct congressional visits, and an update on relevant legislation and federal programs.
- Tuesday will consist of visits with federal agencies such as the Department of Energy, US Geological Survey, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement and Bureau of Land Management.
- Wednesday will be devoted to visits with members of Congress and/or their staff.
- Fact sheets and talking points about petroleum geoscience issues will be provided. Plan to bring examples from your experience, including the impacts of federal legislation or regulation on your congressional district.
All of the scheduling and logistics for the workshop and visits will be arranged by AAPG staff.
- AAPG President Ted Beaumont submits a commendation to the Committee on Science, Space and Technology for its support of R&D of oil shales and other unconventional oil and natural gas resources.
- AAPG President Paul Weimer submits comments on Access to Digital Research Databases to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
- AAPG President Paul Weimer submits comments on Open Access Publications to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
- Paul Britt
- Jeff Eppink
- William Gof
- Lee Harvard
- David Hawk
- Jim Hill
- Terry Hollrah
- Peter MacKenzie, Vice Chair
- Deborah Sacrey
- Carl J. Smith
- Dan Smith, Chair
- John Lorenz
- Mike Jacobs (DEG)
- Frank Walles (EMD)
- Scott Tinker (Advisory Council)
- Steve Sonnenberg (HoD)
- Rick Fritz
- Pat Gratton
- Pete Rose
- Will Green
- preparing of AAPG Statements on crucial issues (for approval by the Executive Committee)
- working to encourage AAPG members to communicate with Congress,
- preparing and providing testimony to Congress, and
- developing and carrying out informational meetings on critical energy issues for Congressional staff.
The GAC Action Alert email system will allow AAPG members to make comments on issues identified that would benefit from credible AAPG input.
Stay on top of legislation in your area. TrendTrack is a Member service provided by the Division of Professional Affairs (DPA). It is focused on legislation on the state level and highlights actions that will impact the oil and gas industry. Membership in the DPA is required to gain access to this service. Here's how to join.
Official statements approved by the DPA President and the AAPG Executive Committee now with links to relevant current legislation.
Monthly column written by Edie Allison, GEO-DC Director, for the AAPG Explorer.
AAPG GEO-DC Governance Board
The GEO-DC Governance Board provides strategic guidance and advice on office activities. It consists of AAPG members with significant experience interacting with policy makers and their staff. The Governance Board meets in person twice per year, with additional conference calls as required.
AAPG GEO-DC Governance Board Roster
The Governmental Affairs Committee (GAC) is an important and long-term part of the Division of Professional Affairs’ activities. The GAC’s program has been varied and has consisted of: