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IOGCC welcomes new governors

After the November 2006 elections, nine IOGCC member states have new governors. Here is a brief introduction of those new governors:

Alaska voters elected Sarah Palin. Palin previously served as chairman of Alaska’s Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, where she was involved with the IOGCC.

New Arkansas Gov.-elect Mike Beebe worked for more than 20 years as a state senator and attorney general. Beebe’s economic development plan will focus on making Arkansas a full partner in the global economy of the 21st century.

Colorado’s Gov.-elect Bill Ritter served as Denver’s District Attorney. Ritter has a 7 point plan, "Colorado’s New Energy Economy," which focuses on promoting, encouraging and rewarding efficiency and conservation.

Charlie Crist, Florida’s new governor-elect, has served on Florida’s Senate, as deputy secretary of the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation and as attorney general.

Gov.-elect of Idaho C.L. “Butch” Otter served three terms in Congress as representative to Idaho’s 1st District. Otter made history as the longest-serving lieutenant governor for Idaho, serving four terms.

Maryland voters elected Baltimore’s previous mayor, Martin O’Malley. While O’Malley served his six years as mayor, Time magazine named him one of America’s five best mayors.

Jim Gibbons has served Nevada's 2nd District in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1996. Gibbons served on three committees in the 109th Congress including the House Committee on Resources, where he chaired its Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee.

New York
New York Gov.-elect Eliot Spitzer served two terms as the state's attorney general. Spitzer is committed to restoring New York’s upstate cities, improving health care and helping children’s education.

Ohio Gov.-elect Ted Strickland, has represented the 6th Congressional District since 1996. He previously served on the House Energy and Commerce Committee and is a member of the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

The IOGCC congratulates these new governors and looks forward to working with them on important domestic energy issues.

Waste not, want not: produced water a valuable resource

The Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC) applauds the U.S. House of Representatives for the recent passage of HR 5110, the More Water for More Energy Act of 2006.

“Water produced as a result of oil and gas exploration represents a valuable natural resource to this country, especially in the arid western United States and in areas experiencing prolonged drought,” said Christine Hansen, IOGCC executive director. “The IOGCC is pleased that this bill recognizes the benefits of this resource so it will not be wasted.”

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On the Hill

By Kevin Bliss

With the election behind us and the lame duck session complete, a clearer picture is emerging of the 110th Congress and the Washington political landscape for the next two years. We are beginning to learn who will be in charge of the various committees and their priorities. Before taking a closer look at that, let’s review what happened on the energy front in the December 5-9 lame duck session. Both houses adjourned indefinitely in the early hours of December 9.

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Warren Buffet praises IOGCC report

Warren Buffett, chief executive officer of Berkshire Hathaway and the world's second richest man, recenly praised IOGCC's efforts in promoting the importance of marginal wells.

While at a meeting for the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, Christine Hansen, IOGCC executive director, met with Buffett, discussing the commission's annual marginal well report.

Following the meeting, Buffett contacted Hansen to thank her for the interesting information.

"These low-production wells are an important part of our country's resource base and they should be better understood," he said.

A full version of this year's Marginal Well Report is available on the IOGCC's Web site.


  • Shirley Neff, a member of the IOGCC Oil and Gas Policy Evaluation for Energy Security team, joined the Association of Oil Pipe Lines as the new president. Neff previously was president of the U.S. Association for Energy Economics and an adjunct lecturer and research scholar at Columbia University in New York City. She has worked as an economist for the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Shell Oil Company, the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America and as an economic analyst for private firms and the Kansas Corporation Commission.

  • Kristen Marquez left her position as IOGCC communications associate recently. Marquez will begin an internship program with U.S. Army public affairs.

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