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Interior Chief Assures Fracking Rules in ‘Weeks, Not Months’

The Interior Department is “very close” to releasing rules governing the use of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) of oil and natural gas wells located on public lands, Secretary Sally Jewell said last Tuesday in her first appearance before Congress. A New Jersey congressman, who said he saw a leaked copy, indicated last week that the draft rules appeared to be a water-downed version of the rules proposed last year.

May 13, 2013

Jewell: Interior to Issue Fracking Regulations ‘Very Soon’

The Interior Department is “very close” to releasing rules governing the use of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) of oil and natural gas wells located on public lands, Secretary Sally Jewell said Tuesday in her first appearance before Congress.

May 8, 2013

Moniz Hedges on DOE Gas Exports Decision

At his confirmation hearing last week, Department of Energy (DOE) secretary-designate Ernest J. Moniz committed to review the department’s data and studies on natural gas exports, which relied on what some have said is outdated information that failed to examine the regional impacts of exporting liquefied natural gas (LNG).

April 15, 2013

Senate Confirms Jewell to Head Interior Department

The Senate approved President Obama’s nomination of Sally Jewell as Interior secretary Wednesday by an 87-11 vote.

April 11, 2013

Moniz Hedges on DOE Gas Exports Decision

At his confirmation hearing Tuesday, Department of Energy (DOE) secretary-designate Ernest J. Moniz committed to review the department’s study of natural gas exports, which relied on what some have said is outdated information which failed to examine the regional impacts of exporting liquefied natural gas (LNG).

April 10, 2013

Moniz: Fracking Natural Gas Provides Bridge to Zero-Carbon Future

Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary-designate Ernest J. Moniz fielded questions about his position on hydraulic fracturing (fracking), natural gas exports and climate change during his confirmation hearing Tuesday before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

April 10, 2013

Interior Finalizes Western Oil Shale Proposal

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar on Friday announced the department’s final plan for encouraging research, development and demonstration (RD&D) of oil shale and tar sands resources on more than 800,000 acres of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands in three western states.

March 25, 2013

Salazar Asked to Shed Light on Interior’s Internal Investigations Unit

A top House Republican has called on Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to provide information on a two-year-old departmental internal investigations unit that was set up to look into wrongdoing by the offshore oil and gas industry and government officials who regulate their activities.

March 13, 2013

Pennsylvania Official: Drilling on Public Lands Will Raise $60M

A Pennsylvania official said royalties from Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling on public lands will add about $60 million to state coffers this year.

February 27, 2013

Pennsylvania Air Quality Improves Amidst Marcellus Boom

Thanks to Pennsylvania air quality regulations and the “increased use of natural gas in the power generation sector,” Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Mike Krancer said air pollution has “gone down considerably” within the state since 2008, even as the unconventional production of shale oil and gas ramped up.

February 18, 2013