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Global Shale Gas Initiative


Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
August 20, 2010

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The U.S. Department of State’s Coordinator for International Energy Affairs, David L. Goldwyn, will host the first multilateral event under the Global Shale Gas Initiative (GSGI) on August 23 and 24. Seventeen different countries will send representatives to attend the GSGI Conference to discuss the importance of shale gas as a lower-carbon fuel option that can help reduce CO2 emissions while ensuring energy security and economic development in the 21st century. Mr. Goldwyn will brief the press on-camera, on-the-record on the GSGI conference at 12:45 p.m. on Tuesday, August 24 in the Carl T. Rowan Press Briefing Room (Room 2209) of the Department of State.

The GSGI uses government to government policy engagement to bring federal and state governments’ technical expertise, regulatory experience in ensuring the safety of water supplies and air quality, and diplomatic capabilities to bear in helping selected countries understand their shale gas potential and the responsibilities of governments.

Media representatives may attend this event upon presentation of one of the following: (1) a U.S. Government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or (3) an original letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification card (driver's license, passport).

Press should use the 23rd Street entrance to the State Department and must be processed through security by 12:30 p.m.

PRESS CONTACTS:
Economic, Energy and Business Affairs Public Diplomacy Office
U.S. Department of State
(202) 647-0677
EPPDMediaRSVP@state.gov
For more information, please see: http://www.state.gov/s/ciea/gsgi/index.htm



PRN: 2010/1143



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