Watching Government: Federal fracing research update

Four agencies are moving ahead and continuing to coordinate federal hydraulic fracturing research despite missing a pair of deadlines, officials told a pair of US House Science, Space, and Technology Committee subcommittees on Apr. 25. US President Barack Obama issued an executive order on Apr. 13, 2012, establishing a high-level, inter-agency working group to coordinate development of policies to facilitate safe and response development of domestic unconventional natural gas resources. The US Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy, and Department of the Interior signed a memorandum of understanding creating the inter-agency effort. The MOU required publication of a researc...

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