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General Interest — Quick TakesHydraulic fracturing foe gains clout in HouseThe powerful US House Committee on Energy and Commerce has a new leader who has consistently opposed operations crucial to the production of natural gas from unconventional reservoirs.Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.) succeeded in a bid, launched the day after the Nov. 4 general election, to unseat John Dingell (D-Mich.), chairman since 1981 and the longest-serving member of Congress.Waxman, a supporter of aggressive environmental causes, is a persistent foe of hydraulic fracturing, a completion technique applied to wells drilled into low-permeability reservoirs such as shales and coalbeds (OGJ, Nov. 17, 2008, p. 20).In t...

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