Geology a Factor in Fracturing Regs  
By Aaron Rodriguez / May 2012

Geology’s role in unconventional natural gas production (via hydraulic fracturing and directional drilling) often is overlooked by the public, but it is a key factor in ensuring that natural gas production is efficient, economic and environmentally responsible.

Hydraulic Fracturing Spawns New Regs  
By Aaron Rodriguez / April 2012

Shale gas production is booming throughout the United States and the world due to the success of the cutting edge – and in some corners, controversial – drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing.

Politics Puts Keystone XL Pipeline in Limbo  
By David Curtiss / February 2012

I first wrote about the Keystone XL pipeline in this column back in September 2010. At the time, the project was nearing the end of a review by the U.S. Department of State for a Presidential Permit.

Casing Gets Early Blame in Fracturing Studies  
By Erin Camp / January 2012

A wise adage states that anything worth having is not easily obtainable – and it just so happens that the most promising source of cleaner, domestic, cost-effective energy of the near future also is incredibly controversial.

Reserves, Resources Reporting Examined  
By Creties Jenkins / November 2011

A multidisciplinary symposium focused on providing clarity to the estimation and reporting of petroleum reserves and resources was held in July in Houston. The symposium brought together a diverse group of stakeholders represented by 200 people from more than 100 organizations in 17 countries.

GEO-DC Office Still Doing Business   
By Peter MacKenzie / October 2011

AAPG’s presence in Washington, D.C., the Geoscience and Energy Office, or GEO-DC, was established by the DPA and AAPG in 2005 – it is fast approaching a six-year anniversary.

Profession Has a Lot at Stake in Budget Battle   
By David Curtiss / September 2011

Sitting at his Oval Office desk on Aug. 2, President Obama signed into law the compromise agreed to by the House of Representatives and Senate to lift the nation’s debt ceiling and trim federal spending.

Lack of Energy Policy Affects Jobs   
By David Curtiss / August 2011

Persistently high employment by U.S. standards – upward of 9 percent – figures as a prominent issue for politicians of every stripe seeking to gain or hold political office in the 2012 election.

Climate, Coal and CCS Stir Debate   
By David Curtiss / July 2011

One casualty of the November 2010 elections was climate change legislation.

 
By David Curtiss / June 2011

BP made headlines in late April by pledging $1 billion for restoration projects along the Gulf Coast.

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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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