The Role of Information for Offshore Natural Gasby John Goll, U.S. Minerals Management Service, Herndon, United States,
Abstract: Natural gas may play a larger role in the Nation's energy mix. Extensive reservoirs of natural gas exist on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). But exploration for oil and gas on the OCS has been controversial. One expression of this controversy has been over the information available for decisions. This paper provides an overview of the 'information issue.' It reviews recent reports by the National Research Council (NRC) on OCS environmental information and the Minerals Management Service's response to those reports. It reviews methods for determining information needs and questions whether having sufficient information will be enough for deciding on whether natural gas should be developed. The paper is used as a reference for the Coastal Zone 93 panel 'Energy Policy and the Coastal Zone.'
Subject Headings: Information management | Natural gas | Reservoirs | Federal government | Environmental issues | Minerals | Ocean engineering
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