Budget Cuts Threaten Industry Research Efforts  
By Edith Allison / December 2013

Basic research – the source of innovative technology – has experienced significant cuts in the past three years as the House and Senate have disagreed on spending proprieties and “sequestration” has become the default budget process.

Confused Over Methane Data? Stand in Line  
By Edith Allison / November 2013

Over the past two years large variations in the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates of the volume of methane released during natural gas production have been used by organizations arguing respectively that natural gas is cleaner than or dirtier than coal.

Self-Compliance Joins ‘Best Practices’ List  
By Edith Allison / October 2013

As shale gas development has boomed over the past decade and public concern about its safety has swelled, both regulatory agencies and operating companies have accelerated their efforts to improve environmental safety.

President’s Climate Plan Begins its Journey  
By Edith Allison / September 2013

The president’s Climate Action Plan, released June 25, aims to slow the effects of climate change.

Shale Gas Workshops Offering Diverse Views  
By Edith Allison / August 2013

Starting in 2012 and continuing through this fall, the National Academies (NAS) are hosting workshops to inform the public about shale gas development. 

Questions Continue to Center on Gas Potential  
By Edith Allison / July 2013

Natural gas production has mushroomed over the past five years. At the same time, natural gas prices have declined.

Annual CVD Takes AAPG to Washington  
By Edith Allison / June 2013

April brought AAPG members to Washington, D.C., for visits with federal agencies and Senate and House offices.

NAS Report Tracks Workforce Issues  
By Edith Allison / May 2013

The National Academy of Sciences recently released its report “Emerging Workforce Trends in the U.S. Energy and Mining Industries: A Call to Action,” which determines that the demand for energy and mining workers is higher than the current supply – despite offers of high salaries.

Consensus Still Eludes Emissions Debate  
By Edith Allison / April 2013

Regulations aimed at reducing carbon emissions are now common – 33 countries and 18 sub-national jurisdictions will have a price on carbon in 2012 – but the topic is contentious in the United States and other countries as carbon emissions regulations take hold.

Making the Leap From Research to Innovation  
By Edith Allison / March 2013

In a November 2012 report, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) reported that a historically strong commitment to research and development (R&D) by government and industry has assured the United States leads the world in technology and innovation.

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Edie Allison began as the Director of the AAPG Geoscience and Energy Office in Washington D.C. in 2012.

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