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Energy Policy

Resources for Policymakers

Concise and unbiased explanations of the science behind oil and gas production issues produced by AAPG, American Geosciences Institute, American Association of State Geologists, and other scientific associations.

Geoscience for America's Critical Needs: Invitation to a National Policy Dialogue

This document outlines high-level actions to address major policy issues where the geosciences play a significant role. Geoscientists invite policy makers and candidates for public office to draw on the expertise of the geoscience community when crafting policies. Together, we can achieve our nation's goals: a strong economy, thriving and resilient communities, and a healthy environment.

Department of Energy Shale Gas 101

A webpage developed by the Department of Energy Office of Fossil Energy to answer the many questions that people have about shale gas and hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The page includes the basics: where it is found, why it is important, and how it is produced. The site also explains the special challenges of shale gas production for aquifers, air quality and induced seismicity.

For those seeking more detailed information, see the Shale Gas Pro section of the page.

Oil and Gas Science and Issues Webinars 

Produced by geoscience organizations including AAPG, and hosted by American Geosciences Institute, AGI.

Making Produced Water More Productive: Provides a scientific and regulatory background of produced water, how it is commonly disposed, what opportunities exist for the re-use of produced water, and the environmental and regulatory challenges for re-using produced waters.

Induced Seismicity in the Midcontinent: includes information on mitigation planning, the current state of seismic monitoring at the state level, and the challenges in communicating the science of the issue to the public and decision-makers.

Advances in Earth Science: Offshore Energy, June 14. Based on a May 16, 2016 congressional briefing.

Other webinars on geoscience relevant to critical issues facing society are at: http://www.americangeosciences.org/policy-critical-issues/webinars

Reserves Classification Guide (PDF)

A guide to standards for petroleum resource definitions for use by international financial, regulatory and reporting entities. A project sponsored by the Society of Petroleum Engineers, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, the World Petroleum Council, the Society of Petroleum Evaluation Engineers and the Society of Exploration Geophysicists.

A Day in the Life of a Well (Power Point)

A pictorial representation of the many phases of petroleum production from geological exploration to leasing, drilling and well completion, and getting product to market.

Switch Energy Project

Every energy resource — fossil, nuclear and renewable — is undergoing profound changes. And overall, we're gradually shifting from coal and oil to the energies of tomorrow.

This sweeping transition is the subject of Switch. But rather than advocate for how it should happen, Switch travels the world to discover how it most likely will happen. Switch is also about a changing energy conversation. Today, it's polarized and unproductive. Switch focuses on practical realities and encourages a balanced understanding.

Finally, Switch is about changing the way we use energy, to realize the many economic and environmental benefits of efficiency.

Switch has been seen by nearly 4 million viewers worldwide, in theaters, university auditoriums, classrooms, on DVD and the web.

Office Contacts

Edith Allison Director, Geoscience and Energy Policy Office +1 202 643 6533
Colleen Newman Policy Communications Advisor +1 202 288 5337