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Congressional Visits Day,
April 16-18, 2013
From April 16-18, AAPG staff members participated in the 2013 AAPG Congressional Visits Day (Congressional Visit Days). This annual event provides an opportunity for AAPG members to discuss petroleum science and energy issues with decision makers in the legislative and executive branches of the federal government.
Congressional Visit Days April 2013 - Andrea Reynolds, Tom Temples (center) Charles Sternbach (right) at the Department of Energy in Washington, D.C.
Congressional Visit Days April 2013 - Charles Sternbach (left), Andrea Reynolds and Tom Temples at The Army and Navy Club in Washington, D.C.
Congressional Visit Days April 2013 - Tom Temples (left), Andrea Reynolds and Charles Sternbach at The Army and Navy Club in Washington, D.C.
Congressional Visit Days April 2013 - Tom Temples (left), Andrea Reynolds, Charles Sternbach and Norma Newby at The Army and Navy Club in Washington, D.C.
Congressional Visit Days April 2013 - Charles Sternbach at the Department of Energy in Washington, D.C.
Congressional Visit Days April 2013 - Charles Sternbach (left), Tom Temples, Andrea Reynolds and Edie Allison at the Congressional Library in Washington, D.C.
Congressional Visit Days April 2013 - GeoDC group at Oklahoma Congressional Representative Jim Bridenstine's office
Congressional Visit Days April 2013 - GeoDC group visiting with Texas Congressional Representative Steve Stockman
Congressional Visit Days April 2013 - Tom Temples (left), David Curtiss, Charles Sternbach, and Pete Mackenzie in Washington, D.C.
During the afternoon of April 16, AAPG staff provided a brief overview of the legislative process, how Congress works, ways in which participants would be able to make the event successful and issues that are of concern to Washington. Wednesday was devoted to small-group visits to the executive branch as well as congressional committee offices. On April 18, small groups visited individual congressional offices.
- AAPG President Ted Beaumont submits a commendation to the Committee on Science, Space and Technology for its support of R&D of oil shales and other unconventional oil and natural gas resources.
- AAPG President Paul Weimer submits comments on Access to Digital Research Databases to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
- AAPG President Paul Weimer submits comments on Open Access Publications to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
- Paul Britt
- Jeff Eppink
- William Gof
- Lee Harvard
- David Hawk
- Jim Hill
- Terry Hollrah
- Peter MacKenzie, Vice Chair
- Deborah Sacrey
- Carl J. Smith
- Dan Smith, Chair
- John Lorenz
- Mike Jacobs (DEG)
- Frank Walles (EMD)
- Scott Tinker (Advisory Council)
- Steve Sonnenberg (HoD)
- Rick Fritz
- Pat Gratton
- Pete Rose
- Will Green
- preparing of AAPG Statements on crucial issues (for approval by the Executive Committee)
- working to encourage AAPG members to communicate with Congress,
- preparing and providing testimony to Congress, and
- developing and carrying out informational meetings on critical energy issues for Congressional staff.
The GAC Action Alert email system will allow AAPG members to make comments on issues identified that would benefit from credible AAPG input.
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Official statements approved by the DPA President and the AAPG Executive Committee now with links to relevant current legislation.
Monthly column written by Edie Allison, GEO-DC Director, for the AAPG Explorer.
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