IOGCC Testimony: Domestic Production Essential to Energy Solution



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Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission Executive Director Carl Michael Smith made clear in testimony today that any solution to high energy prices in the United States must involve an increase in the domestic production of oil and natural gas.

The testimony was submitted for the record at a hearing of the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming addressing “The Future of Oil.”

“While we need to do all that is within our power as a country to conserve the use of our oil and natural gas resources, we need to be producing as much oil and natural gas as possible at home and on the North American continent,” Smith stated in his testimony.

“Some attending or listening to today’s hearing might be left with the impression that increasing U.S. domestic production will accomplish nothing in terms of helping to lower energy prices or that we can solve our domestic energy crisis merely by unleashing ‘the renewable energy revolution’.” 

Smith’s testimony made clear however that this is not the experience of the member states of the IOGCC, which together produce more than 99 percent of the oil and natural gas produced in the United States. 

“[O]ur experience as states is that solving our current energy crisis will require both development of renewable energy resources and development of our domestic petroleum resources,” he said. “To suggest otherwise is wishful thinking.”

The commission testimony provided several recommendations to solve identified problems, including: 

  1. Improve dialogue with the American public about energy policy and its consequences to them.
  2. Promote the expansion of research to recover domestic oil and gas resources.
  3. Re-examine federal and state policies as they relate to oil and natural gas development in consideration of new incentives for exploration and production.
  4. Encourage conservation of fossil fuel resources by the public and efficient production technologies.
  5. Address the chronic shortage of skilled manpower for the American domestic oil and natural gas industry.  Today some domestic exploration and production activities must be being delayed because of the shortage of skilled labor. 

Smith’s full testimony is available on the IOGCC Web site.

To read more about IOGCC’s view on oil and gas energy policy, review the IOGCC publication “Oil and Gas Policy Evaluation for Energy Security.”

About the IOGCC

The IOGCC is 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.

In 1935, six states took advantage of a constitutional right to “compact,” or agree to work together, to resolve common issues. Faced with unregulated petroleum overproduction and the resulting waste, the states endorsed and Congress ratified a compact to take control of the issues.

Today, the IOGCC’s membership is comprised of 30 member states, eight associate states and nine international affiliate country members. The IOGCC is headquartered in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. For more information, visit