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Congress established a Federal Helium Reserve in 1925 to assure supplies of the non-explosive gas for use in military blimps and dirigibles. In 1996, faced with an expensive and unnecessary facility, Congress passed the Helium Privatization Act to sell down the gas supply and close the facility. That legislation lead to over consumption and a lack of commercial interest in helium production that the Helium Stewardship Act of 2013 was intended to correct so that the reserve could be closed. Now Congress is investigating whether additional legislation is needed to assure fair competition in the sale and refining of helium.

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28 July - 31 August 2015

The American Association of Petroleum Geologists is hosting the 8th annual Geoscience Congressional Visits Day in Washington, D.C., on S‌ept. 29-30, 2015.  We encourage you to participate in this opportunity to make an impact on the many upcoming bills affecting energy exports and regulation, and geoscience research.



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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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