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Organizations Interested in Hydraulic Fracturing

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) – The purpose of the AAPG is to foster scientific research, advance the science of geology, promote technology and inspire high professional conduct. Its membership includes geologists, geophysicists, CEOs, managers, consultants, students and academicians.

American Gas Association (AGA) – The AGA represents companies delivering natural gas to customers to help meet their energy needs. AGA members are committed to delivering natural gas safely, reliably, cost-effectively and in an environmentally responsible way. AGA advocates the interests of its members and their customers, and provides information and services promoting efficient demand and supply growth, and operational excellence, in the safe, reliable and efficient delivery of natural gas.

American Public Gas Association (APGA) – APGA’s mission is to be an advocate for publicly-owned natural gas distribution systems, and educate and communicate with members to promote safety, awareness, performance and competitiveness.

American Water Works Association (AWWA) – Established in 1881, the AWWA is the oldest and largest nonprofit, scientific and educational association dedicated to safe and sustainable water in the world. With more than 50,000 members worldwide and 43 Sections in North America, AWWA advances public health, safety and welfare by uniting the efforts of the entire water community.

America’s Natural Gas Alliance – Representing North America’s largest independent natural gas exploration and production companies, America’s Natural Gas Alliance will work with industry, government and customer stakeholders to ensure continued availability and to promote increased use of our natural gas resources for a cleaner and more secure energy future.

Association for the Study of Peak Oil & Gas USA (ASPO-USA) – The ASPO-USA is a non-profit education and research organization dedicated to helping America understand and adapt to an oil-constrained world. It is the U.S. affiliate of ASPO International which has associated organizations in more than 20 countries.

Barnett Shale Energy Education Council (BSEEC) – BSEEC is a community resource that provides information to the public about gas drilling and production in the Barnett Shale region in North Texas.

Breaking Energy – Breaking Energy provides access to news, analysis, thought leadership, reference materials and discussions about the day’s most important energy market trends. Breaking Energy participants stay ahead of breaking news, participate in high-profile events and enjoy access to the central hub of the industry community as it transforms in response to fast-moving changes in energy politics and regulation, deals with financial challenges and leads technological advances.

Center for Energy Studies (CES) – The mission of CES is to provide policymakers, corporate leaders, and the public with quality, data-driven analysis of issues that influence energy markets. Like all Baker Institute research at Rice University, the energy and environmental issues studied by the CES will provide a nonpartisan voice in areas that can be politically divisive.

Center for Sustainable Shale Development (CSSD) – Funded by philanthropic foundations and participating energy companies, CSSD is intended to promote collaborative efforts by industry and its stakeholders called for by the Shale Gas Production Subcommittee of the U.S. Secretary of Energy’s Advisory Board.

Clean Air Task Force – Clean Air Task Force works to help safeguard against the worst impacts of climate change by catalyzing the rapid global development and deployment of low carbon energy and other climate-protecting technologies through research and analysis, public advocacy leadership, and partnership with the private sector.

Desert Research Institute (DRI) – DRI is the environmental research arm of the Nevada System of Higher Education. Their mission is to excel in basic and applied research and the application of technologies to improve people's lives throughout Nevada and the world.

Drilling Ahead – Drilling Ahead is a blog dedicated to the Oil and Gas field. Within this forum, individuals are able to search for news related to each major shale play along with jobs throughout the industry.

Eagle Ford Consortium – The Eagle Ford Consortium exists to serve the public’s interest in matters of economic and community development, community education, job creation, workforce education and development, natural resources, and other related subjects.

Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS) Energy Institute – The EMS Energy Institute at Penn State is a leading research and development organization focused on energy science and engineering. Three main objectives: conduct research to advance energy sciences and technologies that will help solve global energy problems; provide research training and education to tomorrow’s energy professionals; and facilitate energy-related outreach by providing technical support to industries in the U.S. and abroad.

Energy Institute – The Energy Institute fosters interdisciplinary interactions among colleges and schools across campus, while serving as a portal for external audiences interested in learning more about energy research carried out at The University of Texas at Austin.

Exploreshale.org – Exploreshale.org is a public service media project by Penn State Public Broadcasting. Exploreshale.org enhances public understanding of the basic science surrounding the Marcellus Shale by providing a fact-based interactive learning experience.

FracFocus – FracFocus is the national hydraulic fracturing chemical registry. FracFocus is managed by the Ground Water Protection Council and Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission, two organizations whose missions both revolve around conservation and environmental protection.

Fracking Insider – Fracking Insider provides focused insight and analysis of key regulatory, legislative, legal and economic developments related to the use of hydraulic fracturing in the natural gas industry.

Fuel Freedom Foundation – Fuel Freedom is a non-partisan campaign dedicated to breaking our oil addiction by removing barriers to competition and to promote the development of cheaper, cleaner, American-made fuels.

Gas Technology Institute (GTI) – GTI is the leading research, development and training organization addressing energy and environmental challenges to enable a secure, abundant, and affordable energy future. Their research initiatives address issues impacting the natural gas and energy markets across the industry’s value chain—supply, delivery, and end use.

Industrial Minerals Association - North America (IMA-NA) – IMA-NA provides a forum to bring together leaders of the industrial minerals industry to promote best practices in health, safety, operations, and the environment; focus on issue advocacy; enhance industry reputation; and foster sustainable development.

Institute for Energy Research (IER) – The IER is a not-for-profit organization that conducts intensive research and analysis on the functions, operations, and government regulation of global energy markets.

Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA) – INGAA is a trade organization that advocates regulatory and legislative positions of importance to the natural gas pipeline industry in North America. INGAA is comprised of 25 members, representing the vast majority of the interstate natural gas transmission pipeline companies in the U.S. and comparable companies in Canada.

Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis (JISEA) – JISEA seeks to guide the transformation of the global energy economy through comprehensive, transdisciplinary research focused on the nexus of energy, finance, and society.

MineralWise – MineralWeb is the online presence of The Oil and Gas Mineral Service Company. They provide consulting, advice, and intelligence to America’s mineral owners, in addition to owning and managing oil and gas mineral and royalty interests.

MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) – The MITEI program includes research, education, campus energy management and outreach programs that cover all areas of energy supply and demand, security, and environmental impact.

National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) – NETL, part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) national laboratory system, is owned and operated by the DOE. NETL supports DOE’s mission to advance the national, economic, and energy security of the United States.

National Ground Water Association (NGWA) – The purpose of the NGWA is to to provide guidance to members, government representatives, and the public for sound scientific, economic, and beneficial development, protection, and management of the world’s groundwater resources.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) – NOAA’s Mission: Science, Service, and Stewardship. To understand and predict changes in climate, weather, oceans, and coasts; To share that knowledge and information with others; To conserve and manage coastal and marine ecosystems and resources.

National Oil Shale Association (NOSA) – The mission of NOSA is to educate the public about oil shale in the United States.

National Water Resources Association (NWRA) – The NWRA is dedicated to the conservation, enhancement, and efficient management of our Nation’s most precious natural resource, WATER. The NWRA’s mission is to advocate federal policies, legislation, and regulations promoting protection, management, development, and beneficial use of water resources.

Natural Gas Supply Association (NGSA) – NGSA represents suppliers that produce and market natural gas. NGSA’s Mission: A competitive U.S. natural gas market supported by appropriate regulations.

Northern Plains and Mountains (NPM) Regional Water Program – The NPM Regional Water Team works to integrate research, education, and extension programs to address high priority water issues and strives to establish a collaborative, structured process which develops and shares new and existing water resource practices and management techniques throughout the region and nationally.

Pacific Institute – The Pacific Institute is one of the world’s leading nonprofit research and policy organizations working to create a healthier planet and sustainable communities.

Permian Basin Petroleum Association (PBPA) – The mission of the PBPA is to provide safety education, legislative and regulatory involvement and support services for the petroleum industry to promote members’ effectiveness and profitability.

Pinchot Institute for Conservation – The mission of the Pinchot Institute is to strengthen forest conservation thought, policy, and action by developing innovative, practical, and broadly-supported solutions to conservation challenges and opportunities. They accomplish this through nonpartisan research, education, and technical assistance on key issues influencing the future of conservation and sustainable natural resource management.

Sierra Club – The Sierra Club has over 1.3 million members and supporters and is the oldest, largest, and most influential grassroots environmental organization in the United States.

Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) – SPE is the largest individual-member organization serving managers, engineers, scientists and other professionals worldwide in the upstream segment of the oil and gas industry. SPE was originally part of the American Institute of Mining Engineers (AIME).

Texas Campaign for the Environment – TCE is dedicated to informing and mobilizing Texans to protect the quality of their lives, their health, their communities and the environment. They believe that people have a right to know and a right to act on issues that fundamentally affect their lives and future generations.

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) – The TCEQ strives to protect the state’s public health and natural resources consistent with sustainable economic development. Their goal is clean air, clean water, and the safe management of waste.

Texas Conservation Alliance – Texas Conservation Alliance educates Texans and builds alliances to enhance and sustain wildlife habitat and protect our land, air, and water for future generations.

Texas Environmental Grantmakers Group (EGG) – Texas EGG is a loose federation of community, family, and corporate foundations, as well as a few individual donors, who explore the challenges and opportunities for environmental support in the state of Texas.

Texas Railroad Commission – The Railroad Commission regulates the exploration and production of oil and natural gas in Texas. The Commission’s primary responsibilities include: preventing waste of oil and gas resources, protection of surface and subsurface water, and ensuring all mineral interest owners have an opportunity to develop their fair share of the minerals underlying their property.

Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association (TREIA) – TREIA’s mission is to establish an effective relationship with local, state, and national governments; increase public awareness of the “here and now” contribution of renewables, as well as of their vast potential; aggressively promote the use of renewable energy; and encourage high business and professional ethics and standards.

Texas Water Conservation Association – The Texas Water Conservation Association is the leading organization in Texas devoted to conserving, developing, protecting, and using the water resources of the state for all beneficial purposes.

Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) – TWDB mission is to provide leadership, planning, financial assistance, information, and education for the conservation and responsible development of water for Texas.

The Heartland Institute – The Heartland Institute’s mission is to discover, develop, and promote free-market solutions to social and economic problems.

The Marcellus Institute at Mansfield University – Mansfield University will coordinate educational initiatives to provide active leadership on opportunities and issues relating to the development of shale gas resources in our region. The University will develop shale gas-focused academic programs, workforce training, research efforts, and private/public partnerships to maximize opportunities and benefits for students, alumni, and surrounding communities.

The Water Environment Association of Texas (WEAT) – WEAT is an open association of water environment professionals, practitioners, operations specialists, and public officials with a broad range of expertise working together to meet the needs of its members for professional growth and development, to educate the public on water environment issues, and to benefit society through protection and enhancement of the water environment.

U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) – EIA collects, analyzes, and disseminates independent and impartial energy information to promote sound policymaking, efficient markets, and public understanding of energy and its interaction with the economy and the environment.

Unconventional Natural Gas and Oil Institute (UNGI) – The mission of the Colorado School of Mines’ UNGI is to provide a platform for multidisciplinary research in all areas of unconventional natural gas and oil exploration and development. This Institute encompasses all relevant disciplines and brings together world-class researchers and those organizations seeking solutions to complex problems.

Union of Concerned Scientists – The Union of Concerned Scientist puts rigorous independent science to work to solve our planet's most pressing problems. Joining with citizens across the country, we combine technical analysis and effective advocacy to create innovative, practical solutions for a healthy, safe and sustainable future.

World Resources Institute (WRI) –WRI’s mission is to move human society to live in ways that protect Earth’s environment and its capacity to provide for the needs and aspirations of current and future generations. Their work is organized around four key programmatic goals: climate protection, governance, markets & enterprise, and people & ecosystems.

Worldwatch Institute – Through research and outreach that inspire action, the Worldwatch Institute works to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world that meets human needs. The Institute’s top mission objectives are universal access to renewable energy and nutritious food, expansion of environmentally sound jobs and development, transformation of cultures from consumerism to sustainability, and an early end to population growth through healthy and intentional childbearing.

Youngstown State University’s Natural Gas and Water Resources Institute – The YSU Natural Gas and Water Resources Institute will provide bachelor’s degree level courses in science and engineering that will lead to an academic minor in gas technologies and also will provide research opportunities for industry focusing on analysis of water used in the shale gas extraction process.

NOTE: If your organization is not listed, please send the name of your organization, description and website to rdt.vpr@ttu.edu