Watching Government: General concern turns specific

The broad question of possible problems in having 20 separate federal departments and agencies evaluate a breakthrough oil and gas exploration and production technology has become specific. Republican leaders of the US House Energy and Commerce Committee expressed concerns on Nov. 30 that a Department of US Health and Human Services (HHS) agency's director may be bringing prejudices to the federal Interagency Working Group studying hydraulic fracturing and other shale gas activities. Recent shale gas discoveries and the development of new energy production technologies have led the US into an energy renaissance, Chairman Fred Upton (Mich.) and four other top Republicans on the committee s...

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