IOGCC Briefs U.S. Congressional Staffers on Shale Gas Development

Oklahoma City, March 17 - In an effort to show the importance of shale gas development in the U.S., the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC) held two congressional briefings, one for the U.S. Senate, and one for the U.S. House of Representatives on March 5, 2010.

“Shale gas development is crucial to our nation’s energy supply,” said Mike Smith, IOGCC executive director. “And the IOGCC will continue to urge Congress to provide support initiatives that permit the safe and environmentally sound development of shale gas.”

In 2009 the IOGCC adopted the Resolution 09.106 to support continued environmentally responsible development of shale gas. The IOGCC believes it is crucial for U.S. policy-makers and lawmakers to understand the importance of shale gas and what it can do for the nation’s economy and energy security.

The IOGCC enlisted three of the commission’s official representatives who, because of their states development of shale gas, could easily explain the importance of shale gas development.

Oklahoma Energy Secretary Robert Wegener; Railroad Commission of Texas Chairman Victor Carrillo; and Department of Environmental Protection of Pennsylvania Deputy Secretary Scott Roberts, gave presentations in both congressional briefings covering the topics of:
• American jobs/economic potential
• Domestic energy/national security
• Personal perspective as a state regulator on development of shale gas in the U.S. and to the outstanding job that states are doing regulating the development of this most important national resource.
• Competency and commitment of state oil and gas regulators to protect our states’ drinking water resources in the development of the country’s shale gas energy resources.

With over 60 staffers attending the two briefings, the IOGCC’s message for the need to continue to develop the nation’s shale gas was made, and the IOGCC will continue to be a leading voice for the organization’s member states on not only shale gas development, but also oil and natural gas related topics that may arise.

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For the past 75 years, the IOGCC, a multi-state government agency whose mission is to promote the conservation and efficient recovery of the nation’s domestic oil and natural gas resources while protecting health, safety and the environment, has grown to be the largest, and oldest state compact in the nation today.

Today, the IOGCC’s membership is comprised of 30 member states, eight associate states, and nine international affiliate country members. For more information, visit: http://www.iogcc.org.