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.
New Federal Energy Policies in the Works  
By Edith Allison / April 2015
Is 2015 the year for comprehensive energy legislation? Many in Congress are considering new, comprehensive energy legislation, which would be the first such measures since the 2005 Energy Policy Act and the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act.
Inaccuracies Abound In Emissions Papers  
By Edith Allison / March 2015

The oil and natural gas industry is the target of round two of the President’s Climate Action Plan, released in 2013 with the goal of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Policymakers Mull Increased Arctic Interest  
By Edith Allison / February 2015

Commercial interest in the Arctic has grown with declines in summer sea ice cover – since 2007 the extent of Arctic sea ice has been significantly less than it was in the decade after satellite measurements started in 1978.

Energy Trilemma Expected As Demand Grows  
By Edith Allison / January 2015

Demand for all forms of energy, including oil and natural gas, will grow significantly in the next 26 years – but political and regulatory uncertainties create risks that may constrain the private-sector investments needed to meet the demand. That’s the message found in several recent analyses of the global energy market, which could shed light on patterns of energy growth and issues constraining industry’s ability to meet the growing demands.

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