Sequester Will Stall Energy Projects, Interior Secretary Says

Law360, New York (May 7, 2013, 5:24 PM EDT) -- New U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Tuesday warned a Senate panel that sequestration would slow down federal approval of both fossil and renewable energy projects, even as her agency finalizes rules governing hydraulic fracturing on federal lands and drilling in the Arctic Ocean.

Jewell, making her first appearance on Capitol Hill since being confirmed as secretary last month, said that despite a funding increase in the DOI's proposed 2014 budget for conventional and renewable energy programs, the cuts mandated by sequestration will hurt the agency's...
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