Federal oil, gas research face revamp under budget plan

The Bush administration's latest budget proposal, unveiled Feb. 3, for the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1 once again calls on the Department of Energy to overhaul federal oil and gas research programs."There's a major effort to reform the program," said a senior DOE official at a background budget briefing.For the fiscal year (FY) 2004 budget, the natural gas research request is $26.5 million, with $6.5 million applied toward the White House's $1.7 billion "Freedom Fuel" hydrogen program. DOE's oil technology research request is $15 million.Acknowledging that its oil and gas research requests are well below past funding levels, DOE officials said President George W. Bush&#...

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