AFPM ’14: ‘Policies playbook’ aimed at educating legislators

30 March 2014 00:51  [Source: ICIS news]

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (ICIS)--The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) plans to create a “policies playbook” to educate legislators and others about what the industry needs to best take advantage of the US shale boom, an executive with the organisation said on Saturday.

The AFPM plans to release the playbook in the first quarter of 2015, said Melissa Hockstad, vice president of petrochemicals for the AFPM.

The timing is such that it would come after the start of the new Congress following November 2014’s mid-term elections, she said on the sidelines of the International Petrochemical Conference (IPC).

The playbook will be a result of almost two years’ worth of discussions with stakeholders in chemical manufacturing on what is needed to extract the most value out of the shale boom and the manufacturing renaissance it is fuelling, Hockstad said.

Five policy areas have been identified as key: federal and state policies, workforce development, the environment, infrastructure, as well as research and innovation, she said.

The goal of the playbook will be education of legislators and others on what chemical producers do and the issues they face in those endeavours, Hockstad said.

“At the end of the day, you have to make sure that everyone’s got a strong baseline and understands some of the science behind it to make sure that the right policy decisions are made.”

Hosted by the AFPM, the IPC continues through Tuesday in San Antonio, Texas.

By: Jeremy Pafford
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