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.

EPA Fracturing Study Moves Forward – Slowly  
By Edith Allison / February 2013

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its “Study of the Potential Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing on Drinking Water Resources: Progress Report” in late December.

Industry Keenly Watches Canadian Energy Policy  
By Edith Allison / January 2013

U.S. and Canadian energy markets have been closely linked for many years as excess Canadian oil and natural gas production supplied U.S. demand. 

The Year That Was(n’t) – D.C. Action Was Rare  
By Edith Allison / December 2012

The 112th Congress (January 2011 to January 2013) has passed little legislation – in fact, it set a record for inactivity, and no bills impacting petroleum exploration and production have been passed.

Many Hearings, Some Questions, Few Answers  
By Edith Allison / November 2012

AAPG provided a glowing introduction to me last month in this column, but now that it is time for my first column:

AAPG Member Named GEO-DC Director  
By Edith Allison / October 2012

Consulting geologist and AAPG member Edith C. “Edie” Allison has been named director of the AAPG Geoscience and Energy Office in Washington, D.C. (GEO-DC), a position that has been vacant since David Curtiss became AAPG executive director in August 2011.

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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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David Curtiss served as the Director of AAPG’s Geoscience and Energy Office in Washington, D.C. from 2008-11.

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