ALERT: Expertise Needed on Hurricane Katrina
and its Effects on Oil Supplies
This update was originally sent out as an e-mail message to AGI's
IN A NUTSHELL: Hurricane Katrina has devastated the Gulf Coast from
Alabama to Louisiana, and Congress is starting to address relief and
restoration efforts as well as questions about why the disaster was
so catastrophic. Over the next few weeks, Congress is expected to
approve 2 to 3 supplemental spending bills to help the Gulf Coast.
They will also likely hold hearings about the hurricane in the coming
months. Already scheduled for next week are hearings on the high price
of gas, and Congress may schedule more hearings on oil and gas supplies
affected by the hurricane. We would like to offer policymakers and
their staff expert scientific advice about the hurricane and its effects
on oil supplies from AGIs Member Societies. Please contact us,
if you know of someone who could provide such expertise and please
feel free to forward this message to others.
Hurricane Katrina has devastated the Gulf Coast from Alabama to Louisiana
and disrupted oil production, refinement and distribution from the
Gulf Coast. Congress is now working on emergency supplemental legislation
to provide relief to the area. They are also likely to hold hearings
to discuss the causes, frequency and tracking of hurricanes, hurricane
warning systems, the specific vulnerability of New Orleans (that is,
its subsidence, levee system, and lack of natural protection due to
coastal erosion), how to restore New Orleans and other coastal communities
and the best approaches to mitigating future hurricane damage. The
Energy Policy Act of 2005 included $1 billion for coastal restoration
to help reduce the damaging effects of hurricanes, but there is likely
to be much more discussion about coastal erosion and coastal restoration
in the coming weeks.
Congress has also become increasingly concerned about the rising
price of oil, even before Hurricane Katrina struck the coast. Two
hearings about oil prices are scheduled for next week. The hurricane
has exacerbated the problem of supply not keeping up with demand and
Congress is likely to hold additional hearings about our oil supplies
AGIs Member Societies have the expertise to help inform Congress
about the most effective policy approaches to hurricane mitigation.
If you know of someone with expertise in understanding the causes
and effects of hurricanes, building levee systems, or understanding
the causes and effects of subsidence and coastal erosion, please contact
AGIs Member Societies also have the expertise to help inform
Congress about our oil and gas supplies and distribution system. If
you know of someone with expertise in offshore oil and gas production,
particularly in the Gulf, oil and gas reserves, oil and gas pricing,
refineries, oil and gas distribution or protecting our energy infrastructure
from natural hazards, particularly hurricanes, please contact us.
We would like to develop a list of experts, who congressional members
or their staffers could contact for information and education about
the science behind these issues. Experts may be asked for information
by telephone or email from a staffer. If appropriate, an expert may
be asked to come to Washington DC to discuss these issues with Members
or staffers, to testify before a committee or to speak at an event
designed for policymakers.
If you know of a colleague with specific expertise in the areas mentioned
above who can help inform policymakers, please send us their full
contact information and brief description of their work and credentials.
Now is the time to provide sound science and accurate information
to policymakers so they can develop sound policy.
Please contact Linda Rowan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-379-2480 x228
as soon as possible if you can help.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Alert prepared by Linda Rowan, AGI Director of Government Affairs
Please send any comments or requests for information to the AGI
Government Affairs Program.
Posted September 2, 2005