Oil and Gas Scorecard in the 114th Congress  
By Edith Allison / September 2016

The 114th Congress accomplished few of its oil and gas-related legislative goals, in spite of the fact that Republicans, who generally support fossil fuel development, held the majority in both the House and Senate – the first time since the 109th Congress (2005-07).

Hot Topic in D.C.: Arctic Policy  
By Edith Allison / August 2016

Arctic energy is in the news as summer steams into Washington, D.C. Major issues include the midpoint of the two-year U.S. chair of the Arctic Council; public campaigns for and against including the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas in the 2017-22 offshore oil and gas leasing plan; and plans for the United States to build the first heavy icebreaker in 40 years.

 Looking Back at the Oil Boom  
By Edith Allison / July 2016

Even though oil prices are up from their January lows, many people are focused on the current economic hardships, business bankruptcies and layoffs, and the question naturally arises – was the boom worth it?

A Look Back At 40 Years of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve  
By Edith Allison / June 2016

As the United States Strategic Petroleum Reserve approaches its 40th birthday and the world is awash in excess oil, the U.S. Department of Energy and Congress are taking a serious look at the reserve and its almost 700 million barrels of crude oil stored in 62 salt caverns in Texas and Louisiana.

AAPG Visits With Washington Policymakers  
By Edith Allison / May 2016

At AAPG’s 2016 Congressional Visits Days on March 15 and 16, AAPG members participated in 27 meetings with members of Congress and executive branch agencies that research or regulate oil and natural gas activities.

Future Looks Bright For U.S. LNG Exports  
By Edith Allison / April 2016

In late February, the first liquefied natural gas (LNG) shipment left the United States. It sailed into an economically difficult global market with excess supplies of LNG, sluggish growth in energy demand, and exceptionally low oil prices against which global LNG prices are often set. However, many analysts and policymakers see reasons to expect growing demand for U.S. LNG.

STEM Education For Tomorrow’s Petroleum Workforce  
By Edith Allison / March 2016

Only a short time ago, many in the oil and gas industry were concerned about the potential shortage of workers needed for a growing industry and a wave of retirements. Obviously, the demand has since dropped. However, we know it will go up again, and when it does, concerns about having technically qualified workers will return.

OCS Issues Drive Policy Debates  
By Edith Allison / February 2016

Three outer continental shelf (OCS) oil and gas issues were prominent in 2015 policy debates and will continue in the policy limelight in 2016 as the federal government moves to release final versions of the permits, plans and rules.

Long-Range Outlook for Oil and Natural Gas  
By Edith Allison / January 2016
The long-term projections have changed little in the year since this column last reported on the annual International Energy Agency (IEA) “World Energy Outlook,” but the tone is much different. Last year’s report was concerned about finding the investments to meet demand; now the world has surpluses of oil and gas and a booming renewables industry.  
LNG Exports Approved Amid Waning Interest  
By Edith Allison / December 2015

For over two years Congress has complained about delays in the government permitting process for liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminals, and several bills were introduced to accelerate the processing of natural gas export applications.

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