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The Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, chaired by Representative Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) recently held a hearing that investigated the environmental risks and economic benefits of Alaska offshore Arctic drilling. Two of the new Arctic offshore regulations attracted the most controversy: the requirement for a standby rig in case of a blowout, and the shortened drilling season. This hearing comes at the same time as Shell mobilizes its equipment for drilling in the Chukchi Sea later this summer. Groups opposed to Arctic drilling recently protested the Polar Pioneer drilling rig’s departure from the Port of Seattle.

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Letter from AAPG and 18 other geoscience groups expressing opposition to cuts to geoscience research and education in the House Science Committee’s version of COMPETES legislation (HR 1806).

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

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