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AAPG Bulletin


Volume: 56 (1972)

Issue: 9. (September)

First Page: 1898

Last Page: 1899

Title: Petroleum Exploration and Environmental Conservation: ABSTRACT

Author(s): M. W. Haas

Article Type: Meeting abstract


U. S. faces energy crisis:
U. S. energy demands will nearly double by 1985. All our principal sources of fuel will be needed to meet the demand; if domestic supplies cannot keep pace, we face increasing reliance on foreign oil.

Energy and public lands:
Much of U. S. energy potential, including offshore oil and gas reserves, is on publicly owned lands. Potentially productive acreage in the federal and state domain should be made available to industry in a manner designed to maximize timely development.

Environmental delays:
A principal factor in delaying exploration of frontier areas is environmental concern. Many environmental objections are founded on the argument that oil and gas development is incompatible with other uses of the same land or water area.

Compatible use:
If exploration is to proceed at a pace consistent with national needs in the future, the concept of compatible multiple use of lands must be established as national policy. Industry must demonstrate from available examples that this concept is sound and results in maximum benefits to public and private interests.

Geologists must contribute:
Petroleum geologists should bring their knowledge to bear on public environmental issues and work for reasoned solutions based on scientific fact. Much exploration today awaits public consent; geologists must aid in showing public that energy-environmental problems can be

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solved at the same time, without denying the nation the benefits of adequate, low-cost energy and an environment of acceptable quality.

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