Interior Secretary Sally Jewell signaled Wednesday her department is substantially revising draft rules governing hydraulic fracturing on public lands, promising senators there will be more cooperation and input from states, tribes and other stakeholders.
"We have been working with the states and the tribes on rules that will be released shortly," she said at a hearing before the Senate Indian Affairs Committee. "You have my commitment to make sure that this is a collaborative process, and I would throw broader stakeholder groups in that mix as well."
The lineup of witnesses at the three natural gas roundtable forums starting next week before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee includes numerous industry, government and environmental group representatives.
The witnesses for the forums were announced Thursday by Chairman Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and ranking Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. The first forum is scheduled next Tuesday and is to focus on infrastructure, transportation, research and innovation.