Texas Energy Agency Chief Advocates Keystone XL, Fracking

Law360, Houston (January 31, 2013, 11:03 PM EST) -- The head of Texas’ oil and gas regulatory agency Thursday predicted the state could propel the U.S. to energy independence within the next 10 years with the help of TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone XL pipeline and increased use of hydraulic fracturing, asserting the process is environmentally safe.

Texas Railroad Commission Chairman Barry Smitherman told a packed ballroom of oil and gas executives and attorneys in Houston attending Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP’s seventh annual Energy of Energy event that the Keystone XL and hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," in...
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