FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NOVEMBER 30, 2001
ENERGY SECURITY TIMELY TOPIC OF IOGCC ANNUAL MEETING
As the threat of terrorism looms, securing the nation’s energy infrastructure will be in the forefront at the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission’s (IOGCC) Annual Meeting Dec. 9-11, 2001, in Santa Fe, N.M.
Discussions on oil and natural gas infrastructure security and energy policy are planned. The theme of the meeting is "Natural Gas: Fuel of the Future."
Also at the Annual Meeting, the IOGCC publication," Securing American Energy During Insecure Times," will be released. The document highlights presentations and recommendations from a recent IOGCC panel discussion on the role of states in maintaining, protecting and encouraging domestic oil and gas production during a crisis.
Bobby Gillham, Global Security Manager for Conoco Inc., is among the confirmed speakers for the event. A former FBI agent, Gillham serves on the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) terrorism advisory group and works with a team of security professionals to advise the National Petroleum Council and the DOE in a study of the vulnerabilities and threats to the oil and natural gas infrastructure. He also chairs the founding board of an Information Sharing and Analysis Center for the oil and natural gas industries.
Gov. Bill Graves of Kansas, 1999 IOGCC chairman, will speak on domestic energy security, and Gov. John Hoeven of North Dakota and U.S. Rep. Heather Wilson of New Mexico will speak on the National Energy Policy.
Others slated to attend are Gov. Jim Geringer of Wyoming, Gov. Mike Huckabee of Arkansas, Gov. Gary Johnson of New Mexico, Gov. Frank Keating of Oklahoma, Gov. Tony Knowles of Alaska and Sen. Pete Domenici of New Mexico.
Also on the meeting agenda is a proposed resolution that addresses security concerns for energy infrastructure and urges each state to look at security issues within its borders, and calls upon the IOGCC to coordinate state efforts with other state associations and the federal government.
Also scheduled for consideration are resolutions urging the U.S. Department of Energy to utilize the Rocky Mountain Oilfield Testing Center in support of the National Energy Policy and supporting construction of the Alaska Highway Natural Gas Pipeline to serve the growing natural gas needs of lower 48 states.
The headquarters hotels for the meeting are the Eldorado Hotel and the Hilton of Santa Fe. The opening and general session will begin Monday morning and committee sessions will be held that afternoon and Tuesday morning, all at the Eldorado.
For additional information on the annual meeting, visit the IOGCC Web site at www.iogcc.state.ok.us or call the IOGCC at (405) 525-3556.
The IOGCC, representing the governors of 30 member states and seven associate states, promotes the conservation and efficient recovery of domestic oil and natural gas resources while protecting health, safety and the environment.