Lawmakers Spar Over EPA Policies On Coal, Fracking

Law360, New York (February 29, 2012, 8:43 PM EST) -- Republican lawmakers portrayed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as hostile to American energy projects involving coal mining and hydraulic fracturing during a Wednesday budget hearing, while Democrats defended the agency's efforts to protect health and the environment.

Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Ky., accused EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson of leading a "coordinated assault on carbon energy," and said that her agency's denial of coal mining permits in Appalachia had eliminated valuable jobs in an already-impoverished region. Jackson, testifying about the EPA's $8.3 billion 2013 budget request before the...
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