IOGCC Urges Congress to Repeal Ban of Oil Sands Petroleum Product

The 30 member states of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC) resolved to urge Congress to repeal section 526 of the “Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.” 

Section 526 attempts to prohibit U.S. government agencies from purchasing liquid transportation fuels that are derived from Canadian oil sands resources. Currently Canada is the largest supplier of energy to the United States, supplying 20 percent of U.S. oil imports with 10 percent coming from the Canadian oil sands. 

This mandate contradicts and conflicts with section 369 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, a more comprehensive law which identified the oil sands as important strategic resources, mandated their development in an environmentally responsible manner in collaboration with the governments of Canada and Alberta, and directs the U.S. Department of Defense to support such a development program with long-term purchase contracts. 

Additionally, oil from Canada’s oil sands is blended, without segregation, with other feedstocks at many refineries in the United States making it impossible to determine the content of fuels purchased. 

“The prohibition of oil from Canadian oil sands is impractical and poses a threat to our nation’s energy security,” said IOGCC Executive Director Carl Michael Smith. “We should not reduce the supply of liquid fuels readily accessible to the United States at a time when America’s domestic sources of petroleum are in decline and when America’s imports from unreliable foreign sources have increased.” 

IOGCC resolutions are available on the IOGCC Web site at http://www.iogcc.state.ok.us/2009-resolutions

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The IOGCC, representing the governors of 30 member and eight associate states, promotes the conservation and efficient recovery of the nation’s 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. For more information, visit www.iogcc.state.ok.us.
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