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IOGCC Honored as an "Innovator of the Year"

The Journal-Record, an Oklahoma business newspaper, honored the IOGCC as an Innovator of the Year at a recent awards dinner in Oklahoma City.

The Innovator of the Year program is intended to recognize business innovation. Nominations are accepted from across the state for products and services that exemplify an innovative spirit, while ultimately helping to improve the marketplace and make Oklahoma a better place.

The IOGCC was nominated for its work to improve the looming manpower shortage in the oil and natural gas industry.

The work included forming a task force led by North Dakota Gov. John Hoeven, former chairman of the IOGCC. The task force developed an action plan which was published in the Addy-award winning publication Petroleum Pros in 2004.

The plan documents the falling number of petroleum-specific degrees awarded, and outlines unique solutions or templates targeted toward state governments, the federal government and the oil and natural gas industry.

North Dakota has experienced an enormous success rate for its employment program based on the IOGCC model. Two months into the program, 77 percent of the industry's positions were filled with qualified candidates. Oklahoma and other states have contacted the IOGCC for assistance in creating similar programs.

The Innovator of the Year program was held March 30 at the Reed Center in Midwest City, OK. IOGCC Associate Executive Director Gerry Baker accepted the award for the IOGCC.

To download a copy of Petroleum Pros visit the publications page on the IOGCC Web site.

2006 IOGCC Midyear Issues Summit is almost here

The 2006 IOGCC Midyear Issues Summit is fast-approaching. Bust out your cowboy boots and best western attire and get ready for a meeting in Big Sky Country. The meeting is May 21-23 in Billings, MT, at the Sheraton Billings Hotel.

This year's meeting will follow the theme "Technology: The Sky's the Limit" as oil and natural gas experts from across the country gather to learn, teach and discuss.

For detailed meeting information and agendas, click here.

Online Registration is available now at the IOGCC Web site. Please note, to receive early registration discounts on meeting fees you must register by May 5. The cut-off date for the room block at the Sheraton Billings is also May 5.

Register online today!

IOGCC Strategic Plan approved

At a special meeting of the IOGCC membership held by teleconference on April 4, the strategic plan for 2006 was considered and approved.

The plan focuses on the following issues:

The Domestic Resource:
The IOGCC will continue to foster wise stewardship of domestic oil and natural gas resources to benefit present and future generations;

Maximize recovery and promote energy efficient production of oil and natural gas;

Environmental Protection:
Assist states in protecting the environment while supporting responsible production; and

The Future:
Prepare the states to respond to future opportunities and challenges.

The plan is posted in more detail on the IOGCC Web site.

On The Hill

By Kevin Bliss

With energy prices staying high, energy remains on the Capitol Hill agenda, although taking a back seat at the moment to ethics, immigration and other legislation. There are indications that both the U.S. House and Senate intend to pass one or more energy bills this year. On the House side there is talk of an “Energy Week” in June where Congress would focus on energy legislation. An attempt to add an ANWR provision to the House budget reconciliation bill failed recently.

Meanwhile, the IOGCC is hard at work trying to secure an appropriation for an “orphan well” plugging program, giving states, through the IOGCC, funds on a matching basis to permanently plug orphaned oil and natural gas wells. This $10 million appropriation would fund a provision authorized in Section 349 (g)
of last year’s Energy Policy Act. We are working with a number of our states to make this appropriation a reality.


The IOGCC sponsors the National Inspector Certification Program, which establishes national standards for state regulatory agencies to certify personnel responsible for inspecting oil and gas wells. For more information on the program, contact Amy Wright, IOGCC federal projects manager.

IOGCC Executive Director Christine Hansen will be a special guest speaker at the Petroleum History Institute and American Oil and Gas Historical Society's Oil History Symposium, held April 20-23 in Wichita, KS. Hansen will speak on April 22nd on the history and future of the IOGCC. For more information on the symposium, visit the Web site.

Charles J. Mankin was named a Regents’ Professor by the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents during its March meeting. Mankin is the director of the Oklahoma Geological Survey and the Sarkeys Energy Center and is a professor of geology at OU. Mankin serves on the IOGCC's Energy Resources, Research & Technology Committee.

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