Obama Launches Gas Development Working Group

Law360, New York (April 13, 2012, 3:40 PM EDT) -- President Barack Obama announced Friday he would create a high-level working group to coordinate regulation of natural gas drilling, carving out a clearer role for federal oversight of the booming industry.

The president signed an executive order tapping top brass at nine agencies and four White House offices to streamline the federal government’s efforts to promote unconventional natural gas development.

States handle most onshore natural gas regulation, but following the recent explosion in domestic shale gas drilling, several federal agencies have begun to craft standards for...
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