OCS Issues Drive Policy Debates  
By Edith Allison / February 2016

Three outer continental shelf (OCS) oil and gas issues were prominent in 2015 policy debates and will continue in the policy limelight in 2016 as the federal government moves to release final versions of the permits, plans and rules.

Long-Range Outlook for Oil and Natural Gas  
By Edith Allison / January 2016
The long-term projections have changed little in the year since this column last reported on the annual International Energy Agency (IEA) “World Energy Outlook,” but the tone is much different. Last year’s report was concerned about finding the investments to meet demand; now the world has surpluses of oil and gas and a booming renewables industry.  
LNG Exports Approved Amid Waning Interest  
By Edith Allison / December 2015

For over two years Congress has complained about delays in the government permitting process for liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminals, and several bills were introduced to accelerate the processing of natural gas export applications.

Wide Range of Topics Covered During GEO-CVD  
By Colleen Newman / November 2015

On Sept. 30, AAPG Executive Director David Curtiss and 10 AAPG members participated in a day of visits to Capitol Hill to discuss the importance of strong federal investments for geoscience research and education. Geosciences Congressional Visits Day (GEO-CVD) is organized by AAPG in conjunction with other geoscience organizations.

New Regulations Loom For Industry  
By Edith Allison / October 2015
A burst of new emissions regulations that affect the oil and natural gas industry has cheered the environmental community while distressing the industry and opponents of government regulation.
Iran and U.S. Energy Exports  
By Edith Allison / September 2015
Congress long has been interested in ending the ban on the export of U.S. crude oil – and their interest in oil exports has increased with the recent international agreement to lift the nuclear-related sanctions on Iran.
Forecast is Good for Water Supplies  
By Edith Allison / August 2015
There’s been a lot of good news recently about water and hydraulic fracturing: the EPA’s and other scientists’ research into water consumption for hydraulic fracturing found minimal strain on water resources, and natural gas power generation significantly reduces water use in power generation.
Proposed Cuts Threaten Research  
By Edith Allison / July 2015
Congress is talking about science now more than ever – and some of the dialogue is unfavorable. However, attacking science may be a surrogate for opposition to federal regulations, which seem to be appearing at a faster rate than in the past.
QER Addresses Changing Energy System  
By Edith Allison / June 2015
Concerns over aging or inadequate infrastructure and changes in the energy mix led the Obama administration to focus the first Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) on transmission, storage and distribution infrastructure.
Congressional Visit Days Bridge Policy and Science  
By Steve Brennan / May 2015
AAPG Congressional Visit Days (CVD) are held annually in the spring in Washington, D.C. – and I was fortunate to participate this past March, adding the perspective of a graduate student to the event.
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