The business community's uncertainty over natural gas exports will be aired at a Capitol Hill hearing next week when senators hear testimony from the head of Dow Chemical and a vice president from the National Association of Manufacturers. The company and NAM recently split over the potential impacts of gas exports.
Dow CEO Andrew N. Liveris and NAM Vice President for Energy and Resources Policy Ross Eisenberg are among six witnesses who are to testify Tuesday before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. The lineup does not include any representatives of the Obama administration.
A leaked draft of the Interior Department's revised public lands fracturing rule would give companies more latitude to disclose chemicals through FracFocus.org, an industry-backed database, EnergyWire reports.
The new chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee is pressuring the Obama administration to develop "sound" regulation of hydraulic fracturing at wells drilled on public lands.
Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. said in a letter to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar he wants the department to issue a proposal that ensures public health and environmental protection. He said residents of communities near drilling "must have confidence that the water they drink and the air they breathe will be free of harmful pollutants."
Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Allison Macfarlane said the NRC can't consider a public hearing on the San Onofre nuclear plant until June, when an appeal period of an Atomic Safety and Licensing Board ruling ends.