IOGCC Providing a Unified Voice

Oklahoma City, OK, Oct. 20, 2010 - Public outreach regarding energy issues is critical for not only the states, but the nation in meeting future energy challenges. The opportunity to collaborate and share information regarding our nation’s energy future is the main goal of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission Annual Meeting Nov. 15 - 17, 2010, in Tucson, AZ.

The IOGCC was founded over 75 years ago as a multi-state government agency to help provide a clear and unified voice for member states, and help the states balance a multitude of interests through sound regulatory practices.

“The need for unity between the states and multi-state agencies is more important now than ever,” Mike Smith, IOGCC Executive Director said. “The Annual Meeting will provide ample opportunity to present a unified voice.”

The Annual Meeting will kick off with a regulatory roundtable of state-based organizations along with the U.S. EPA to discuss the current hydraulic fracturing study underway by the U.S. EPA, followed by a special presentation on the Gulf coast Conditions from Admiral Thad Allen, U.S. Coast Guard, Ret.

General Session will focus on unifying the states and next steps for states regarding regulating oil and natural gas with presentations covering the Washington Perspective of hydraulic fracturing, provided by Jack Belcher, Partner, EnergyNorthAmerica, LLC., and an EPA Ground Water and Drinking Water Update by Ann Codrington, Acting Director, Drinking Water Protection Division, U.S. EPA.

IOGCC state shale oil and gas regulators will also take part in a panel discussion and to round out the General Session with next steps for the states, Mike Smith, Executive Director of the IOGCC and Mike Paque, Executive Director of the Ground Water Protection Council will unveil the joint National Oil and Natural Gas Portal, and Hydraulic Fracturing Chemical Registry.

The remainder of the Annual Meeting will continue with an array of speakers and two free of charge training sessions: Brownfields Funding Workshop provided by U.S. EPA, Oklahoma Corporation Commission and Chesapeake Energy, and a Petroleum Technology Transfer Council (PTTC) informational Session about Carbon Capture Storage (CCS) Training Opportunities.

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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.