Release Date: August 6, 2001
|Energy Secretary Announces Review of Government's
Oil and Gas Technology Efforts
Results Will Help Guide Implementation of National Energy Policy Recommendations
WASHINGTON, DC - With President Bush's National Energy Policy citing the potential of new technologies to boost America's oil and gas production while protecting the environment, Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham today commissioned a review of ongoing federal oil and gas research programs.
The review will include three public hearings - in Denver (Aug. 8), Pittsburgh (Aug. 13), and Houston (Aug. 14) ? at which invited panels of industry experts, elected officials, and others will present their views on future directions for government oil and gas research and development.
"The President's energy policy makes it clear that new technology will be key to finding and producing more oil and gas both in the United States and globally," Secretary Abraham said. "The review I am directing will help us define the technology investments the U.S. Government should be making with industry to keep oil and gas flowing from America's wells, improve prospects for U.S. technology abroad, and safeguard our environment."
Abraham said that results from the review, to be completed in September, will help shape the Administration's fiscal 2003 budget due to be submitted to Congress early next year. The review will help the department in its efforts identify new sources of energy production, aggressive conservation measures, and new technologies that will enable America's producers to find and extract more oil and gas without endangering the environment. Such advancements will be necessary to support the President's balanced energy policy.
The current review will also build on the findings of the department's report, Environmental Benefits of Advanced Oil and Gas Exploration and Production Technology, which profiles modern-day improvements that have dramatically reduced the "footprint" of drilling operations, minimized waste produced in oil and gas operations, and protected resident and migratory wildlife. The report was produced in October 1999 by the Department of Energy during the Clinton Administration.
The review will cover the complete spectrum of the Energy Department's current oil and gas technology programs, from innovations in exploration and production to advanced technologies for pipelines. It will also deal with how best to implement two recommendations from the President's National Energy Policy that deal specifically with new oil and gas technologies:
In carrying out the review, the Energy Department will also compile data gathered in several recent analyses of federal oil and gas technology activities, including information prepared for an ongoing review by the National Academy of Sciences.
The public hearings will be held on:
Those not on the formal panels can submit written statements of up to four single-spaced pages through August 30. Statements can be sent by e-mail to OilGasReview@hq.doe.gov or by mail to the Office of Natural Gas and Petroleum Technology, FE-30, U.S. Department of Energy, Washington, DC 20585, Attn: Strategic Review. The statements should address the following questions:
|Contact: David Anna, DOE/NETL, 412-386-4646|