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Third in a series of Congressional Briefings

Thursday, June 21, 2001

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

New Location
Room HC-5
U.S. Capitol Building

Future Energy Resources: Where Will They Come From?
PDF (344 KB)

Refreshments will be served

Speakers:   (Speaker Biographies)

Chip Groat
U.S. Geological Survey

Vicki Cowart
State Geologist and Director
Colorado Geological Survey This link leaves the USGS site.

Dick Bishop
ExxonMobil Exploration Company This link leaves the USGS site.

Hosted by: American Association of Petroleum Geologists This link leaves the USGS site.

Congressional Sponsors:
Representative Tom Davis (VA) This link leaves the USGS site.
Representative Barbara Cubin (WY) This link leaves the USGS site.
Representative Ralph Hall (TX) This link leaves the USGS site.

Directions to the U.S. Capitol Building:

East on Rt.66 over the Roosevelt Bridge; right on Independence Avenue. Follow Independence past the construction of the Botanic Gardens; right on New Jersey Ave., (5 blocks). The Cannon Building is bounded by the following streets; New Jersey Ave., Independence Ave., 1st St., and C St. The pay parking between D Street and Canal Street is temporarily closed, however, those people involved in the briefing are able to park in the lot across the street between New Jersey Ave and C St. The Metro stop is across the street (Capitol South Metro Stop) on 1st St. and D St. Walk two blocks and enter the Capitol building through the "side entrance". Tell the Capitol Hill Police you are attending an Energy briefing in HC-5 and they will tell you the best way to proceed.

link to pdf file of Energy Briefing Invitation Energy Briefing Invitation - (PDF File 719 KB)

Over the next 20 years, U.S. demand for energy is projected to increase by 32%. Learn how USGS assessments of coal, oil, and gas are providing valuable information to industry and State government in their efforts to help America find energy for the future.
       A petroleum geologist taking a compass reading in the field    A huge coal shovel with people standing inside it
USGS research and data are used to shape policies regarding domestic and foreign energy resources and to manage energy resources on Federal lands.    Our Nation faces the simultaneous challenge of an expanding appetite for energy and an increasing demand for environmentally benign energy sources.

 A USGS geologist taking a field sample    The nation requires energy supplies that are secure, uninterrupted, sustainable, and economically and environmentally viable. USGS scientists examining drill core

Everyone is welcome to attend this briefing. Presentations will illustrate how earth and biological science information from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is helping decisionmakers effectively address societal, environmental, and economic needs.

Speaker Biographies

Charles G. Groat

Dr. Groat became the 13th Director of the U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Department of the Interior in November of 1998. He is a distinguished professional in the earth science community with more than 25 years of direct involvement in geological studies, energy and mineral resource assessment, ground-water occurrence and protection, geomorphic processes and landform evolution in desert areas, and coastal studies. Chip has held positions throughout his career in academia and the public sector. Chip received his Bachelor of Arts degree in geology from the University of Rochester, his Master of Science in geology from the University of Massachusetts, and his Ph.D. in geology from the University of Texas at Austin. He has also served on over a dozen earth science boards and committees and has authored and contributed to numerous publications and articles on major issues involving earth resources and the environment.

Vicki Cowart

Vicki Cowart was appointed to the position of State Geologist and Director of the Colorado Geological Survey (CGS) in 1993. Before joining the CGS, Vicki worked in the oil and gas industry for 16 years as an exploration geophysicist with Mobil Oil and in management and technical positions at ARCO Oil & Gas and Schlumberger Well Services. This month, she becomes President of the Association of American State Geologists (AASG), the organization of the executives of the nationīs state geological surveys. She is a Board Member and Program Chair of the Colorado Section of the International Women=s Forum and Past President of the Colorado School of Mines Alumni Association. Vicki holds a B.S. degree in Physics from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and an M.S. degree in Geophysics from the Colorado School of Mines. Her professional contributions have been recognized by the Mines Medal for Distinguished Achievement from CSM Trustees and the Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists Award for Distinguished Public Service to Earth Sciences.

Richard S. Bishop

Dr. Richard S. Bishop is a geologist in the New Business Identification Department of ExxonMobil Exploration Company in Houston, Texas. The primary focus of their work group is to explore the world looking for opportunities to discover and develop new sources of energy. After working at Unocal, Dick returned to school and earned his Ph.D. from Stanford University. He joined Exxon Production Research Company in 1975 and through the years has worked in research, production, and exploration. A major portion has focused on developing and applying technologies helpful in assessing undiscovered hydrocarbons. This includes devising both numeric and non-numeric means to compare the potential of diverse geological settings from over the world. Dick is also a Past-President of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, the world's largest geoscience organization focusing on the discovery and development of energy resources. He has been recognized for both his research and his service to professional organizations.

For more information about USGS Energy programs and activities, please contact Suzanne Weedman.
For more information about this topic or the briefing series, please contact the USGS Office of Communications

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