Congressional Briefings

In collaboration with other scientific societies and coalitions, the AGI Geoscience Policy Program hosts congressional briefings to educate and inform policy makers on relevant geoscience topics and issues. These briefings feature scientific speakers from government, academic, and industry sectors.

Please view past and upcoming congressional briefing notices on our website and feel free to reach out to govt@agiweb.org with questions.

Natural gas pump
(2015-06-12)
Geoscience information can be used by federal, state, and local decision makers to assess the positive and negative impacts of onshore oil and gas energy resource development, and to inform policy to both facilitate U.S. energy production and minimize impacts on water and land resources. In this briefing, the speakers will address key questions that geosciences help to inform, such as: How does onshore oil and gas development impact our water and land resources? What water and land resources are necessary for onshore oil and gas development? What new technologies are available or being...
Power lines. Image Credit: U.S. Department of Energy
(2015-04-21)
Energy, water, and land are fundamental, interrelated natural resources critical to the health, economic growth, and security of the nation. The connections and feedbacks among these three resources have impacts on human, environmental, and infrastructure systems. Although the U.S. is endowed with many options for supplying energy to meet national demands, different energy sources have different water and land-use requirements that have implications for local and regional water and land resources. This briefing will set the scene for a series of briefings examining the energy-water-land...
Gregory Bald Wildfire 1992
(2014-09-11)
The National Fire Protection Association, the University of California at Riverside and San Diego, and the Western Governors’ Association in conjunction with the Hazards Caucus Alliance are pleased to host a briefing on the challenges to the nation that wildfires pose. Experts will discuss advances in the science and understanding of wildfires, the impact of federal and state policies, mitigation strategies for communities, and new technologies for first responders. Speakers Ms. Laura Wilkeson, Western Governors’ Association: Summary of current WGA wildfire policy and efforts, effective state...
Illustration of the Frio Pilot carbon sequestration test; carbon dioxide compressed to a liquid will be pumped into a brine-saturated aquifer in the Frio Formation, a mile beneath the surface. Image Credit: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
(2014-07-18)
Carbon capture and storage is an important potential management strategy for greenhouse gas emissions. This briefing will address geologic carbon storage, one avenue to sequester carbon dioxide from large stationary sources by injecting it deep underground. Leading experts in the field will examine: Geological requirements for carbon dioxide storage Potential for storage in the U.S. Facility design and technology Strategies to minimize risks, including groundwater impacts and the potential for induced seismicity Monitoring needs for storage verification and public assurance Speakers Peter...
Natural gas pump
(2014-06-26)
Speakers: Adam Brandt, Department of Energy Resources Engineering, Stanford University John Browning, Senior Research Fellow, Bureau of Economic Geology, University of Texas at Austin Chris McGill, Vice President, Policy Analysis, American Gas Association, and Member of the Potential Gas Committee Tom Temples, Past President of AAPG Division of Environmental Geosciences, and Technical Director of Geoscience and Petrophysics, PetroSkills Building upon the broad discussion of oil and gas development presented in Briefing Series Part 4, topics in this briefing will delve more specifically...
U.S. Capitol
(2014-06-23)
Finding Stable Ground: Using Science and Partnerships to Manage Landslides Hazards was a congressional briefing sponsored by the Hazards Caucus Alliance, the Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists, the Association of American State Geologists, and the American Society of Civil Engineers Geo-Institute. On Monday, June 23, four landslides experts from across the U.S. came to Washington, D.C. to brief congressional Members and their staff about how geoscience can help inform decision making to save lives, property, and critical infrastructure.  An archived webcast of the...
Oil rig
(2014-05-22)
Speakers: Scott Tinker, Professor and State Geologist of Texas, Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin Rex Buchanan, Senior Policy Advisor, Environmental Defense Fund Scott Anderson, Interim Director, Kansas Geological Survey, University of Kansas Nick Tew, State Geologist and Oil and Gas Supervisor, Geological Survey of Alabama and State Oil and Gas Board of Alabama In this briefing, the speakers will address key questions that the geosciences help to address: What is the difference between a conventional and an unconventional oil or gas reservoir? How much oil and...
Nuclear power plant, Czech Republic
(2014-03-11)
Speakers: Susan Hall, Uranium Resource Expert, U.S. Geological Survey Annie Kammerer, Principal Seismologist, Bechtel Corporation Jean M. Bahr, Professor, Department of Geoscience, University of Wisconsin-Madison In this briefing, the speakers will address some key questions that geosciences can help to answer: Does the U.S. have an adequate and stable supply of uranium to meet our needs? How can we anticipate and mitigate the threat posed by natural hazards such as earthquakes and tsunamis to nuclear installations? Why does geology matter in siting and assessing radioactive waste...
Fissuring of an earthquake, Peru 1970
(2014-02-28)
In March 1964, the largest earthquake ever recorded in North America struck Alaska, shaking Anchorage and an area larger than the state of California for more than 4 minutes and causing landslides and tsunamis that took lives in Alaska, Oregon, and California. In the 50 years since, earthquakes in the United States and worldwide have cost billions of dollars of economic loss in addition to countless lives.  Advances in science and engineering have made people safer – but the job is not done. Come hear how the USGS and partners are working to protect lives and property across the country, and...
A geothermal power plant at The Geysers near Santa Rosa, California. Some areas of The Geysers have been important test beds for enhanced geothermal systems. Image credit: USGS/Photo by Julie Donnelly-Nolan
(2014-01-29)
Speakers: Brian Anderson, Director of Strategic Research in Energy and Professor, West Virginia University Patrick Dobson, Staff Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Chad Augustine, Geothermal Analysis Team Lead, National Renewable Energy Laboratory In this briefing, speakers will highlight recent successes in geothermal research and address questions, including: What is the potential for geothermal energy, domestically and abroad? What is the pathway to generating more than 10% of U.S. electricity from geothermal energy? What are the environmental risks and challenges? How...

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