Oklahoma City - U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman appointed four Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission official representatives to prestigious committees.
Victor Carrillo, of Texas, William Daugherty, of Kentucky and Nick Tew, of Alabama, will serve on the Unconventional Resources Technology Advisory Committee (URTAC) and Dan Seamount, of Alaska, will serve on the Ultra-Deepwater Advisory Committee (UDAC).
“The two new committees will play a significant role in research, which is vital to ensuring our nation’s resources are conserved and maximized,” Christine Hansen, executive director of the IOGCC said. “It is a great honor for those who have been appointed.”
URTAC is comprised of 23 members who will advise DOE Secretary Samuel W. Bodman on development and implementation of a program related to onshore unconventional natural gas and other petroleum resources. In addition to the three IOGCC official representatives on this committee, another two members of the committee are IOGCC state representatives. They are: Eugene Ames of Texas and Scott Anderson of Texas. The URTAC will advise the secretary of energy on carrying out a program of research, development, demonstration and commercial application of technologies for ultra-deepwater and onshore unconventional natural gas and other petroleum resource exploration and production.
UDAC is comprised of 19 members who will advise the secretary on the development and implementation of a program related to ultra-deepwater natural gas and other petroleum resources. In addition to Seamount of the IOGCC one other member of the committee is an IOGCC state representative, Mary Jane Wilson, of California. UDAC will advise the Secretary of Energy on carrying out a program of research, development, demonstration and commercial application of technologies for ultra-deepwater and unconventional natural gas and other petroleum resource exploration and production.
The committees will also address the technology challenges for small producers, safe operations and environmental mitigation, including reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and sequestration of carbon.
Both committees were established in response to provisions of Subtitle J Section 999 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, to review and comment on the programs’ annual plans for Secretary Bodman, according to the U.S. DOE Web site. This is the $50 million research fund established by the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and funded by a portion of federal offshore royalty revenues from natural gas production.
The IOGCC is a multi-state government agency that promotes the conservation and efficient recovery of domestic oil and natural gas resources while protecting health, safety, and the environment. Established by the charter member states’ governors in 1935, it is the oldest, largest and most effective interstate compact in the nation.