DOE’s Final Report On Shale Gas: Where Do We Go From Here?

Vol. 43 No. 3

Jason Hutt is a partner and Salo Zelermyer is an associate in the Environmental Strategies Group of Bracewell & Giuliani’s Washington office.

Back in March 2011, with rising gas prices and a stagnant economy, President Obama responded to the seemingly annual energy crisis by delivering a national energy policy—the “Blueprint for a Secure Energy Future.” Beyond the expected nods to the development of clean energy sources and increased energy efficiency, the president explicitly acknowledged the growing phenomenon of American shale gas production and its importance to the nation’s economy, energy security, and environment. Specifically, the president’s Blueprint declared that the administration would take steps to assure that safety concerns relating to hydraulic fracturing practices would be addressed. This task was assigned to the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board (SEAB) which was directed to form a subcommittee on shale gas development and identify near-term actions and recommendations to federal agencies on improving the safety and environmental performance of hydraulic fracturing.

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