2014 Summit: Bridging the GAPP: Honoring our History – Fueling our Future
The first GAPP Summit: Honoring Our History-Fueling Our Future was held in Pittsburgh on March 21, 2014 at the Fairmont Hotel. The topic was how to simultaneously and collaboratively encourage energy exploration and protect important historic resources in and around the areas of potential impact of such exploration.
An overflow crowd of 130 professionals included executives from energy companies, including supermajors, energy industry trade associations, cultural resource management firms, engineering firms, state and national professional archaeological associations, state government historic preservation offices, tribal agencies, academic institutions, and law and business consulting firms.
The Pittsburgh Post Gazette provided front page coverage of the event (Available here), and an Associated Press article appeared in twenty major newspapers nationwide (Available here).
The summit advanced three objectives:
- Educate the energy industry about the social and economic importance and methodologies of cultural resource preservation;
- Educate the preservation community about the economic and geopolitical importance and methodologies of energy development; and,
- Develop the business case for working together to develop voluntary practices that advance energy exploration while protecting the most important cultural resources.
Perhaps the greatest accomplishment was the overcoming of healthy skepticism from many attendees that in the midst of the nation’s highly contentious political environment, two seemingly different interest groups could forge an alliance of mutual benefit based on shared values and compromise. That is not to say our job is done, but some essential trust was built in Pittsburgh on which we can jointly build real solutions in the months ahead.
Next steps in LEAP’s efforts are to:
- Continue to build the LEAP governing board to expand our strategic resources and to reflect (as it does now) equal representation from industry and the preservation community.
- Guide LEAP’s four working groups to the production of their respective components of a set of draft voluntary best practices for circulation and feedback from folks like you and your colleagues.
- Expand the dialogue to include other sectors of the energy industry, including utilities, solar, wind and electric.
If your company may be interested in becoming more involved in LEAP, as a board member, financial or promotional supporter, or through membership in our working groups, please contact us.
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