Future Oil and Gas Opportunities for Women and Minorities

18 percent of AAPG members are women, up from 10 percent in 2006.

On April 8, the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held a hearing on “American Energy Jobs: Opportunities for Women and Minorities.” The subcommittee chairman, Doug Lamborn, noted that his committee has advocated for the job growth that comes from a pro-growth policy for domestic energy, and wanted to highlight the opportunities for underrepresented segments of the population, women and minorities, if the U.S. energetically develops its oil and gas resources.

Let’s look at the data without spending too long analyzing the motives of the committee.

The first witness was Ms. Julie Gressley, Consultant, Economic Impact Analysis at IHS Economics. …

Quadrennial Energy Review: Infrasturcture–Public Meetings and Opportunities to Comment

Addressing energy infrastructure vulnerabilities due to aging, capacity, climate change impacts, and cyder and physical threats.

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said the Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) “…will provide a roadmap to modernize our energy infrastructure in ways that will support the Nation’s economic competitiveness and energy security, and enable us to move toward a low-carbon future.”

The Secretary notes that most energy infrastructure is privately owned, so investment and engagement by the private sector is necessary to develop and implement effective policies.

To get a greater understanding of how the review and any resulting policies will develop, see two of the documents that provide a foundation for the QER: the Administration’s Blueprint …

EPA Plans Oil/Gas Industry Methane-Emission Fact Finding

New methane-emission regulations for the oil and natural gas industry could follow this fall.

The White House statistics show that:

  • Methane represents about 9 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.
  • U.S. methane emissions have decreased by 11 percent since 1990.
  • The largest sources of anthropogenic methane are: agriculture (36 percent), natural gas systems (23 percent), landfills (18 percent), coal mining
    (10 percent), petroleum systems (6 percent), and wastewater treatment (2 percent).

#1: Agriculture: All of the proposed actions to reduce methane from the agriculture sector will be voluntary. It is unclear why manure management using biogas systems would not be mandated, given that EPA claims that the technology is proven and cost effective.

#2 Oil and gas …

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Two House Hearings on Oil and Gas Issues: A Chance to Listen and Comment

During the recent AAPG Congressional Visits Day, staff for the House Natural Resources Committee expressed interest in receiving input on issues and potential legislation from knowledgeable stakeholders. Here is an easy way to get involved in the process of informing Washington, D.C., decision makers: send a quick comment to the committee members in response to a particular hearing.

Friday, April 4 at 9:30 am, the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources of the House Natural Resources Committee will hold an oversight hearing on “Energy Independence: Domestic Opportunities to Reverse California’s Growing Dependence on Foreign Oil.”

The hearing charter and witness list are not yet available, but the opinions of …

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