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IOGCC testifies in support of proposed produced water legislation

The U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Water and Power heard testimony from the IOGCC regarding the Commission's support of the More Water for More Energy Act of 2006.

The act would facilitate use of produced water – a by-product of energy exploration and development – for irrigation and other purposes after it is brought to the surface. If passed, the legislation would allow for grants to aid development of facilities to increase the amounts of produced water suitable for irrigation and other uses.

IOGCC Washington Representative Kevin Bliss testified that water produced as a consequence of oil and natural gas production could be used in areas of the mid-continent and west where prolonged drought has made water a valuable commodity.

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IOGCC suggests BLM consult state oil and gas conservation offices

In recent comments submitted to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the IOGCC stressed simplicity is necessary for a commercial oil shale leasing program.

The BLM requested comments from the public to assist in writing a proposed rule to establish a commercial leasing program. IOGCC Associate Executive Director Gerry Baker submitted comments on behalf of the IOGCC.

In the comments, Baker mentioned while IOGCC does not have an official position on the leasing process, it would recommend the BLM consult closely with state oil and gas conservation offices.

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IOGCC Annual Meeting just weeks away

It's not too late to register for the Annual Meeting!

Join us in Austin, Oct. 15 - 17. Key speakers this year include U.S. Congressman Joe Barton, Alberta Canadian Embassy Minister-Counsellor Murray Smith, Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, IOGCC Chairman Gov. Dave Freudenthal of Wyoming, IOGCC Incoming Chairman Gov. John Hoeven of North Dakota and more.

For more information and to register online, please visit the IOGCC Events page.

Committee member heads USGS

The U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed Mark Myers as the new head of the U.S. Geological Survey.

Myers is a member of the IOGCC's Public Lands and Energy Resources, Research and Technology committees. He was most recently the director of Alaska's Division of Oil and Gas, State Geologist and head of Alaska's Division of Geological and Geophysical Survey.

President George W. Bush nominated Myers in May. He will now oversee USGS's 10,000 scientists, technicians and support staff, spread among 400 offices throughout the world.

Myers plans to relocate to the Reston, Va., eastern region office as soon as possible.

Commission staff on the road

Headquarters staff members Christine Hansen, executive director, and Gerry Baker, associate executive director, traveled much of September to present IOGCC's perspective on several key issues.

Hansen attended the Congressional Quarterly Summit on Energy Exploration: Economics, the Environment and National Security, in Washington, DC. Hansen participated in the second panel and roundtable discussion on states' rights within federal energy policy. Also participating in the panel were Jack Coleman, U.S. House of Representatives; Sidney Coffee, office of Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco; and Becky Norton Dunlop of The Heritage Foundation.

Baker spoke on funding for state energy offices and possible joint projects during a session of the National Association of State Energy Officials Annual Meeting in Seattle, Wash.

On the Hill

By Kevin Bliss

The U.S. House and U.S. Senate will adjourn in late September for the elections, which promises to be a very tight race.

On the energy front, chances are looking slim on the House and Senate reconciling differences between their respective versions of legislation addressing offshore drilling. They are very different bills and by all accounts the Senate hasn’t been willing to give an inch.

Passage of legislation to open the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) before adjournment also appears most unlikely.

There will most likely be a lame duck session after the election and it remains anyone’s guess what legislation may emerge from any such session – so much depends on who wins.


Chairman of the Legal and Regulatory Affairs Committee, David Fleischaker, appointed John Norman to serve as committee vice chairman. Norman is a commissioner for the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.

Gov. Rod Blagojevich recently appointed Al Clayborne as Illinois official representative. Clayborne is the division supervisor for the state's Division of Oil and Gas.

The Wichita Eagle recently published a letter to the editor submitted by IOGCC committee member Jim Daniels. Daniels' letter was in response to a submission titled "Stay out of ANWR." The IOGCC thanks Daniels for taking the time to write the letter.

The Marginal Well Commission of Oklahoma recently approved a new executive director, Roy Edwards. Edwards has been an independent oil and gas operator in Oklahoma for more than 30 years.

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