Energy Resources, Research and Technology
A national forum, the Energy Resources, Research and Technology committee debates, studies and develops positions on economic, technical, research and safety issues that confront domestic oil and natural gas production.
Environment and Safety
An active national forum focusing on oil and gas environmental and safety issues, the Environment and Safety committee gathers and distributes information on legislative and regulatory developments, technological innovations and effective approaches to environmental and safety management. The committee provides leadership by remaining dedicated to these efforts as well as by discussing the impact of legislation and regulations, developing and communicating positions and guiding states and industry through model statutes or regulations, handbooks or other appropriate means.
Legal and Regulatory Affairs
The Legal and Regulatory Affairs committee actively engages in legislative and regulatory processes at state and federal levels to ensure that tedious laws and regulations do not adversely affect oil and gas activities. The committee tackles many tasks by fostering communication with the regulatory community so timely responses can be made to meet the rapidly changing needs of the oil and gas industry and its customers.
Concentrating on issues pertaining to public lands in the Commission's member states, this committee works to ensure regulatory efficiency between the states and federal government; specifically coordinating state and federal requirements that govern exploration and production of petroleum resources on public lands. The prudent stewardship of public funds and the elimination of duplication of effort between state and federal activities are hallmarks of the committee's function.
The Public Outreach Committee focuses on educating the American public about the importance of our nation's oil and natural gas resources. The committee also actively communicates the Commission's role as the authority on research and issues surrounding oil and natural gas resources in the United States.
The State Review Committee assists member states in strengthening their regulatory programs to ensure the protection of public health, safety and the environment through the state review process.
The state review process objectively compares a state's petroleum exploration and production waste management regulatory program against a set of standards developed through a joint effort of the Commission and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The result of the process is a peer review report that offers objective recommendations to strengthen the state's program.
The committee works also with other stakeholders in the development of program guidelines and measures for adoption by the Commission and in the evaluation of state programs that have volunteered for the review.
At its 1995 Midyear Meeting, the IOGCC voted to establish affiliate relationships with international oil and gas producing countries. Through IOGCC International, international affiliates have full access to information and resources of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission, as well as the opportunity to participate on IOGCC committees and activities, share experiences and information, together improve our knowledge and solve common problems, and study common issues facing every nation's hydrocarbon recovery efforts.
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Council of State Regulatory Officials
The Council of State Regulatory Officials acts in an advisory capacity to the Commission and is comprised of one representative from each state oil and gas regulatory agency. Members of the council meet biannually to discuss regulatory issues of mutual interest, and often develop best practices for regulatory oversight.
Appalachian/Illinois Basins Directors
This group is comprised of oil and gas agency directors in the Appalachian and Illinois Basins' states. The directors meet to discuss regulatory issues common to the area, identify areas for workshops and seminars to meet the training needs of agencies dealing with the uniqueness of their producing region and perform other business pertinent to this area of oil and gas producing states. The directors focus on a wide range of topics relating to regulatory compliance for natural gas and oil exploration and production.
North American Coastal Alliance
The North American Coastal Alliance focuses on areas of concern to the coastal states and provinces through a forum of open dialogue and sharing of compliance information and environmental research results. In many areas, oil, gas and marine ecosystems represent a continuum between state and federal waters.
Council of State Oil and Gas Attorneys
The Council of State Oil and Gas Attorneys aims to assist its member attorneys in the acquisition of the knowledge necessary to remain abreast of the most recent developments in oil and gas law as it pertains to the states' regulation of mineral resources.
Geological CO2 Sequestration Task Force
The Geological CO2 Sequestration Task Force examines the technical, policy and regulatory issues related to safe and effective storage of CO2 in depleted oil and natural gas fields, saline formations and coal beds.
The growing interest of government and industry in the storage of CO2 stems from the fact that the increasing amounts of the gas is largely the consequence of burning carbon fuels for energy. In the United States, 98 percent of carbon dioxide is emitted as the result of the combustion of fossil fuels; consequently, carbon dioxide emissions and energy use are highly correlated.