Artists Against Fracking, a group of celebrities dedicated to blocking hydraulic fracturing, could be violating New York lobbying laws, as its members are not yet registered with the state lobbying board, The Associated Press reports.
House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton on Thursday tapped a top natural gas industry lobbyist -- and former aide to global warming skeptic Sen. James Inhofe -- as lead counsel on the Energy and Power Subcommittee.
Tom Hassenboehler will leave his post as vice president of policy development and legislative affairs at America's Natural Gas Alliance to take the post. He will succeed the outgoing subcommittee counsel Maryam Brown, who was hired by House Speaker John Boehner as his energy policy advisor.
The three-day High Horsepower Summit in Houston is focusing its message on the economic and environmental benefits of switching high-horsepower vehicles and equipment from diesel to natural gas, FuelFix reports.
National trade groups such as the American Petroleum Institute and the three-year-old America’s Natural Gas Alliance are buying more air time, billboard and print spaces in relevant markets and using social media to make their points, The Associated Press reports.
The Independent Petroleum Association of America and Energy In Depth have responded to Josh Fox's 2010 anti-fracking documentary "Gasland" with their own film, called "Truthland," The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
House Republicans contend the Nuclear Regulatory Commission tripled space at its headquarters by using an appropriations bill to get around the congressional authorization process, the Washington Business Journal reports.
House Natural Resources Chairman Doc Hastings and ranking Democratic Rep. Ed Markey called on the Interior Department to extend the public comment period for its proposed public lands hydraulic fracturing rule, FuelFix reports.
Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., was endorsed by 20 Democrats to replace Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., as ranking member on the House Natural Resources Committee should Markey win election to the Senate, Politico reports.