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Current Action Alert

Provide Information and Comments to BOEM on 2017-2022 OCS Leasing Plan

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.

Department of Energy Requests Input on Subsurface Research Needs for Energy Technologies

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.

Occasionally, the AAPG DPA Governmental Affairs Committee (GAC) will be sending email AAPG GAC Action Alerts.  An action alert will inform you about a current Executive Branch and/or Congressional issue that will potentially affect the oil and gas industry. 

The Director of the AAPG Office of Geoscience and Energy in Washington, DC, will identify the necessity for alerts, and he will work with the Chairperson of the GAC to issue the alert. The alert will be a short e-mail that will highlight the issue and direct you to this Web site. Each alert will consist of background, a suggested response, support information, and the place to submit your comments.

You are welcome to comment on the issues in the way that suits you, if you want to comment at all.  Of course, you are under no obligation to do anything, but the GAC encourages you to provide your comments whenever you can.  This will support the GEO-DC's liaison work in Washington, DC and through this effort AAPG's reputation as a credible provider of pertinent geologically-based information will grow and become more valuable to those who are shaping our Nation's polices and laws.  Won't you please help?

The action alerts are now being issued directly from AAPG in Tulsa. Send an email to Norma Briggs.

Thank you,

AAPG DPA Governmental Affairs Committee

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