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AAPG Statements

As a professional, scientific association, AAPG is a credible source of information of interest to a wide spectrum of individuals. AAPG has a proud history of providing information to decision-makers and the public on matters concerning the science and profession of petroleum exploration.

In this role, AAPG has given testimony before the U.S. Congress, provided information to lawmakers on a national, state and local level, and has adopted statements that the association believes are of importance.

The following are the statements that are currently in effect. These will be reviewed periodically.

AAPG Statements Currently in Effect

 

Allowing petroleum exploration and development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) coastal plain, one of the most prospective areas of the country, is a subject of intense debate. Bolstering domestic energy production in an environmentally responsible way is the major issue.

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The Nation's resources can be explored and developed in an environmentally safe and sound manner.

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In the last century, growth in human population has increased energy use. This has contributed additional carbon dioxide (CO2) and other gases to the atmosphere. Although the AAPG membership is divided on the degree of influence that anthropogenic CO2 has on recent and potential global temperature increases, AAPG believes that expansion of scientific climate research into the basic controls on climate is important.

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As fossil fuel demand increases worldwide, increased use will result in a rise in CO2 emissions to the atmosphere. Governments are calling for technologies to reduce atmospheric emissions from fossil fuel combustion.

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Regulatory oversight of hydraulic fracturing treatments for shale gas, coalbed methane and other hydrocarbon wells that may occur near zones of potable water are currently regulated at the state level. Federal legislative efforts to regulate hydraulic fracturing are not necessary because the States have been successfully regulating this process for at least 50 years.

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Access to the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A), one of the most prospective areas of the country, for petroleum exploration and development is important to the Nation’s future.

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More supportive policies from the government in the United States should allow industry to develop the necessary supply of natural gas for the growing need in the US and in all of North America.

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Additional areas available for leasing should include those currently under moratoria, off the Eastern, Western, and Florida coasts, where they can be shown to have economic benefit and acceptable environmental risk.

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Ensuring secure global oil and natural gas supplies requires a qualified and well-trained domestic and international oil and gas workforce. The petroleum industry is increasingly aware that this workforce may not be available in the future to meet its needs and government institutions and agencies dealing with oil and gas issues face a similar possible shortage of qualified staff. This will have serious ramifications for U.S. and global energy security.

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Responsible management and efficient development of petroleum and energy mineral resources require improved access to the best available scientific information. Geological and geophysical data provide critical information required for sound exploration, development, and environmental decisions. Future generations of scientists and policy-makers must be able to use these data to address the energy, environmental, and natural-disaster challenges facing the nation in the 21st century.

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