Obama chooses Sally Jewell, chief executive of Recreational Equipment Inc. and former oil company official, to lead the Interior Department - Mrs Jewell is a, "longtime advocate for conservation and outdoor recreation, will take over a department that has been embroiled in controversy over regulation of oil and gas on public lands and waters in the Gulf of Mexico and in the Arctic Ocean. She also will assume responsibility for the stewardship of hundreds of millions of acres of public lands, from the Everglades of Florida to the Cascades of Washington State." She will replaceColorado Democrat Ken Salazar who took the position in 2004. "She is expected to face vigorous questioning during confirmation hearings about her approach to resource development on public lands. Republicans in Congress have criticized the Obama administration for holding back public lands from oil and gas leasing and from imposing overly restrictive regulations on hydraulic fracturing and other extraction methods...[her] background and experience as a Mobil Oil executive could help blunt some of that criticism."
"Not one well!" rally in NY before DEC hearing draws Gandhi's grandson - "The state has no projected date for finishing shale gas drilling rules, with completion dependent on recommendations from a health impact review, Commissioner said at a legislative budget hearing Monday...If regulations aren't finalized by Feb. 27, they'll expire and will have to be put out for public comment again, which would likely extend the drilling moratorium by months. Martens acknowledged that to meet the Feb. 27 deadline, the massive environmental impact review on which the regulations are based must be published by Feb. 13...Before the hearing began, , a leader of New Yorkers Against Fracking, confronted Martens and demanded the environmental review and regulations be put on hold and a comprehensive health impact analysis be done by an independent investigator. She went to a seat after guards threatened to arrest her...At the end of Martens' testimony, the protesters stood and chanted "Not one well!" before heading to the Capitol for a rally. , grandson of , joined the protesters to sign a "pledge of resistance" to fracking and discuss utilizing civil disobedience if shale gas development is permitted.
U.S. Considering Oil Taxes to help boost economy - "In this Energy Brief, Daniel Ahn and Michael Levi model the potential consequences of substituting taxes on oil consumption for either higher nonoil taxes or reduced government spending, both as part of a larger deficit reduction package, and argue that doing so can improve economic performance while reducing oil consumption if done right."
Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell pressed EPA in Range pollution case - "An EPA attorney wrote that Rendell, acting as a "spokesman for Range," met with Jackson in 2011 and "proposed certain terms to the administrator." But the case didn't settle for more than a year after that...The messages were included in more than 1,000 pages of emails obtained by in a Freedom of Information Act request from EPA Region 6. They offer behind-the-scenes insights in a case that has come to be seen as a major retreat by the agency amid aggressive industry push-back and support for natural gas drilling by President Obama.