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

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Geoscience provides insights into many issues that are critical to America’s future prosperity and quality of life: water quality, energy resources, natural hazards, soils, oceans and air. In this report, the 51 geoscience associations that comprise the American Geosciences Institute summarize current and future earth issues and invite policy makers to draw on their members’ expertise in developing policies important to the nation.

This report is the third issued in advance of a presidential and congressional election. Use this as a resource in talking with election candidates about their policy positions.Additional insights into each critical need are at http://americangeosciences.org/policy/critical-needs.

For copies of the printed report email: criticalneeds@agiweb.org.

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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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