US Senate committee restores oil, gas research funding

The Senate Appropriations Committee (SAC) July 10 unanimously voted to expand federally sponsored oil and natural gas research beyond what the White House says it wants for the upcoming fiscal year (FY) that begins Oct. 1.The Department of Energy plan reduces spending aimed at improving exploration and production techniques sharply below historical levels (OGJ, Feb. 10, 2003, p. 21). President George W. Bush's pending oil research request is $15 million; his natural gas research request is $26.5 million, with $6.5 million to be applied toward the White House's $1.7 billion "Freedom Fuel" hydrogen program. Current DOE E&P funding includes $23.4 million for oil and $47.3 million for...

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