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In mid-April, the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and the Department of Interior’s (DOI) Bureau Ocean Management (BOEM) held the second meeting of its newly formed committee on Offshore Science and Assessment. The purpose of the meeting was to continue to explore opportunities for the committee to provide scientific expertise that would help BOEM in its decision making processes.

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AAPG, with dozens of other scientific associations, research institutes and universities, wrote to House and Senate appropriation subcommittees in support of a robust portfolio of geoscience research for the National Science Foundation (NSF). The letter describes the economic and security benefits of basic research, including examples of the value of improved weather forecasting and oil and gas production from hydraulic fracturing. The scientific community hopes the letter will help counter congressional interests in selectively cutting geoscience funding at NSF.

AAPG also joined with scientific associations and universities in the USGS coalition to tell Congress of the importance of U.S. Geological Survey activities that include mapping, energy and mineral assessments, core preservation, and land and water monitoring.

Letters to House appropriation committees are shown. Similar letters went to Senate appropriators.

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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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