Two of President Barack Obama's top appointees to oversee energy and pollution policy will take center stage this week at Senate confirmation hearings that should add new detail about the administration's second-term regulatory agenda.
The hearings will be sandwiched around the release of Obama's 2014 budget plan on Wednesday. The budget should also shed light on the president's spending priorities at the Energy Department on renewable and fossil fuel research and his support for new tax revenues from the oil and gas industry.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Like a marriage the in-laws don't approve of, a new plan to strengthen standards for fracking is creating unusual divisions among environmentalists and supporters of the oil and gas industry.
Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairman Ron Wyden on Wednesday scheduled three committee roundtable forums next month on natural gas challenges.
Wyden, D-Ore., jointly announced the forums with ranking Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. The first is to be held May 16 and will address new areas of natural gas demand, including the transportation sector, and pipeline infrastructure.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A formal complaint filed with New York's lobbying board asks it to investigate whether Artists Against Fracking, a group that includes Yoko Ono and other A-List celebrities, is violating the state's lobbying law, according to the document obtained by The Associated Press.
American Petroleum Institute Executive Vice President Marty Durbin will leave the group to become president of the America's Natural Gas Alliance trade group, effective May 1.
Durbin, a nephew to Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., is a Democratic former congressional aide and former head of federal relations for the American Chemistry Council. He joined API in 2009 and will fill the position at ANGA left by the departure of Regina Hopper last month.