White House Issues Hydrofracking Executive Order
On April 13, the White House issued an executive order entitled “Supporting Safe and Responsible Development of Unconventional Domestic Natural Gas Resources.” For the full text of the order click here. The Executive Order is a direct response to the ever growing number of federal, state, and local agencies that are regulating or contemplating the regulation of hydrofracking. The order creates an interagency working group, chaired by the Director of the Domestic Policy Council, lists 13 federal agencies that will be represented on the task force, and allows the Chair to appoint members of other agencies as needed. The task force is charged with coordinating agency policy and information exchange as well as promoting interagency communication with stakeholders. That being said, the task force does not have any regulatory authority itself.
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