Rare Elements Policy Offers a Lesson   
By David Curtiss / October 2009

Let’s face it, most geology news in the popular press is event driven. Soaring oil prices was last year’s headline. Earthquakes and volcanic eruptions grabbed media attention this year.

OCS Access Debate Continues   
By David Curtiss / September 2009

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has ruled that while it remained concerned about environmental assessments performed for the 2007-12 five-year program, those concerns were restricted to the lease sales planned for the Arctic Ocean and Alaska outer continental shelf (OCS).

The ‘Sausage’ of Climate Change   
By David Curtiss / August 2009

As is often the case with legislation in the U.S. Congress, it takes a crisis to pass it. Absent a handy crisis, a looming Congressional recess can usually provide the necessary motivation to get legislation to the floor for a vote.

AAPG Makes Impression on ‘The Hill’   
By David Curtiss / July 2009

GEO-DC was host to 14 AAPG members in Washington, D.C., in May for the first-ever AAPG Congressional Visits Day (AAPG CVD).

Clean Energy Act’s Details Debated  
By David Curtiss / June 2009

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a finding that carbon dioxide and several other greenhouse gases endangered public health and welfare – a finding that requires EPA to issue a rule to regulate emission of these gases under the Clean Air Act.

‘Energy Policy’ Process is Under Way   
By David Curtiss / May 2009

The plane was buffeted by gusty winds as it banked to line up with the runway, but with a steady hand the pilot guided our craft to a safe landing at Midland International Airport. It was my first trip to the heart of the Permian Basin.

A Whopping Sum of Money   
By David Curtiss / April 2009

April 15 is the day of financial reckoning for most U.S. taxpayers. That is the day when many of us rush to the post office at the stroke of midnight to send our tax forms to the IRS, typically accompanied by a check for taxes owed (those getting a refund have reason to file much earlier).

Fuel Rule Could Ripple Upstream  
By David Curtiss / March 2009

In January 2007 California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger issued an executive order announcing that California would develop a low carbon fuel standard (LCFS). The purpose of the LCFS is to reduce by at least 10 percent the carbon intensity of fuels used for passenger vehicles in California by 2020. The governor’s action put the state into the familiar position of crafting unique and occasionally controversial environmental policy. And there is an old saying about these policies:

Reserves Disclosure Rules Revised  
By David Curtiss / February 2009

Oil and natural gas professionals have been urging the SEC to modernize its disclosure rules for oil and natural gas reserves for many years.   The principal criticism of the original rules is that they were introduced more than a quarter century ago.

Energy Likely High on ‘To Do’ List  
By David Curtiss / January 2009

The beginning of a new year is the time we traditionally resolve to make the changes necessary to improve our lives. It is also the time we ponder what opportunities and challenges the new year will bring.

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