A Case for Reauthorizing the Data Preservation Act  
By Edith Allison / November 2014

In the age of 3-D seismic and digitized well logs, the value of cores and other rock samples may not be obvious. But benefits like those noted by the AAPG in 1948 and described in a 2002 National Research Council report and a recent congressional hearing continue to demonstrate the value of properly archived subsurface samples and data.

Research Benefits Defy Easy Measurement  
By Edith Allison / October 2014

Ronald Reagan stated in an April 2, 1988, radio address that “ … although basic research does not begin with a particular practical goal, when you look at the results over the years it ends up being one of the most practical things government does.” This widely held opinion has been notoriously hard to verify or quantify, leading to questions about appropriate funding levels.

Should the U.S. Fill the Russian Gas Gap?  
By Edith Allison / September 2014

The U.S. shale oil and gas production surge and the resulting shift of the United States from a major importer to an exporter of oil and natural gas are well known, but there is disagreement about what this means for U.S. and global energy security

Employment Pipeline Eyed By Policymakers  
By Edith Allison / August 2014
Over the course of four months the House Natural Resources Committee, chaired by Doc Hastings (R-Wash.), or its Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee, chaired by Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.), hosted seven hearings celebrating energy education and employment.
Export Questions Spark Diverse Passions  
/ July 2014
U.S. energy production, especially oil and natural gas from shale, is booming and expected to continue to grow. Consequently, this bounty is pushing up energy exports – including coal that is displaced by natural gas in power generation – and refined products that are not regulated.
To Export, or Not to Export—That IS the Question  
By Edith Allison / June 2014

Some members of Congress are again proposing rules to accelerate the federal approval process for natural gas export facilities, although any benefits would be years in the future.

Making Connections During the Annual CVD  
By Edith Allison / May 2014

As part of our spring – or almost spring – Congressional Visits Days (CVD) on March 10-12, AAPG members visited agency and congressional offi ces, advocating for geoscience research and science-based regulation, learning about the activities and opinions of decision makers, and establishing contacts for future communication.

House GOP Wants More Transparency in Science  
By Edith Allison / April 2014

Congressional Republicans want greater public access to scientific data used as a basis for determining the need for air pollution regulations.

Updated Seismic Data Needed For OCS  
By Edith Allison / March 2014

The first seismic surveys of the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) since 1988 could happen in the next two years – if the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) finalizes the required environmental impact statement (EIS) in the next few months.

Production Grows – As Do Areas of Concern   
By Edith Allison / February 2014

Oil and natural gas production continued to grow in the United States in 2013 even as progress on new federal laws and regulations stalled – but local opposition to shale gas and oil development increased.

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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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