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Monday, October 24, 2011

Department Of Energy Wants More Control Of Natural Gas Production

According to an Article on WaterWorld.com, the Department of Energy wants to increase it's control on Natural Gas Production:

"A Department of Energy advisory committee has called for tighter environmental controls on the production of natural gas from shale formations.

Concerns have been raised about the potential pollution of groundwater resources when shale wells are hydraulically fractured with chemicals to increase the gas flow.

The department’s Shale Gas Production Subcommittee called for increased measurement, public disclosure, and improvements in the environmental management of shale gas, which has skyrocketed to nearly 30% of U.S. gas output in the past decade.

The report said industry and government should make information about shale gas production operations more accessible to the public; act to reduce environmental and safety risks with a focus on protecting air and water quality; promote best operating practices; and form a research and development program to improve safety and environmental performance.

Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), the senior Republican on the Environment and Public Works Committee, said the federal government wants to increase its control of shale gas -- although states regulate most production."

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