Energy from the Earth: Practical geoscience to inform energy legislation

Energy-Water-Land Connections, Part 2: Oil and Natural Gas

The briefing will be held 12 June 2015. Please see the briefing flyer and event page for more information and to RSVP.


Video from the presentation of Mike Smith:

Briefing flyer:

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2015 Briefing Series Launch

Energy-Water-Land Connections, Part 1

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 connections for specific energy sources.

Speakers will provide an overview of energy-water-land connections, including:

  • Energy required to manage water and land
  • Water required to produce energy
  • Land required to produce energy
  • Why geoscience information is an essential component in energy-water-land decision making


  • Scott Tinker Director, Bureau of Economic Geology University of Texas at Austin State Geologist of Texas
  • Robin Newmark Associate Laboratory Director Energy Analysis and Decision Support National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Nels Johnson Director for North American Energy The Nature Conservancy
  • Gene Whitney, Moderator, Independent Consultant, Washington, D.C.
Briefing flyer

Part 6 of the Energy from the Earth briefing series will cover Geologic Carbon Storage: Feasibility, Technology, and Challenges. It will be held Friday, 18 July. For more information see the briefing flyer or the event page.


Katherine Romanak

Peter Warwick

Joshua White

Final briefing flyer

Part 5 of the Energy from the Earth briefing series will cover Expanding Natural Gas Production: Opportunities and Constraints. It will be held Thursday, 26 June. For more information see the briefing flyer or the event page.


Part 4 of the Energy from the Earth briefing series will cover Oil and Gas Development: How Geoscience Makes a Difference. It will be held Thursday, 22 May. For more information see the briefing flyer or the event page.


Wendy Harrison (moderator)

Scott Anderson (no slides)

Rex Buchanan

Scott Tinker

Nick Tew

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Part 3 of the Energy from the Earth briefing series will cover Nuclear Energy: Resources, Geological Hazards, and Waste Management. It will be held Tuesday, 11 March. For more information see the briefing flyer or the event page. Archived video also available. 


Jean Bahr

Susan Hall

Annie Kammerer

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UPDATE: The natural gas export briefing scheduled for 13 February will be POSTPONED. More information will be posted once a new date has been selected.

Natural Gas Export Energy from the Earth Briefing 3

The second briefing in the series will be on geothermal energy, and held Wednesday, 29 January. For more information, see the briefing flyer or the event page.


Moderator Presentation by Hollett

Chad Augustine

Patrick Dobson

Brian Anderson

Briefing flyer

Event information from the first briefing.

Presentations from the briefing, which gave an overview of the series and US energy needs and supply:

Gene Whitney

Scott Tinker

Brenda Pierce

Briefing Flyer

Energy production and consumption supports modern life in the United States, and is integral to the economy, individual communities, and the environment. Geological resources (oil, natural gas, coal, uranium, thorium, and geothermal) supplied or enabled almost 90 percent of the energy consumed in the United States in 2011.

The briefing series will provide the geoscience underpinning that is essential for effective energy and environmental policy making. This first briefing will provide an overview of the range of energy options available in the United States and the geoscience that underpins those options.

Read more about the Energy from the Earth briefing series.

Presented by American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Association of Petroleum Geologists, American Geophysical Union, American Geosciences Institute, Association of American State Geologists, Geological Society of America, National Science Foundation—Directorate for Geosciences, and U.S. Geological Survey.