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Unconventional and conventional natural gas have the same chemical composition. It is their geologic setting that makes the difference.

In 1976, unconventional gas contributed less than seven percent of the 19.95 trillion cubic feet (tcf) produced in the U.S. and the term “unconventional” appropriately referred to their rarity and the need for special technology for their recovery. Natural gas from unconventional formations now represents more than half of U.S. production.

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Action Alert: Comment Deadline Extended for Proposed EPA Oil and Gas Industry Regulations to December 4, 2015.

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AAPG and dozens of other scientific associations, universities and businesses sent this letter describing the benefits of federal geoscience research to Senators Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and Gary Peters (D-Mich.). The senators are leading an effort by the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation committee to gather input from the science and research community on federal research and development policy priorities.

The comments will guide the development of a bill to reauthorize America COMPETES, the 2010 and 2013 law, now expired, that authorized basic research at the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institute for Science and Technology and the Department of Energy. It also supported programs to enhance STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education.

Scientists hope that the Senate’s deliberative process will counteract the House bill that contains an unprecedented attack on geoscience research at NSF.

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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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