• 6 minutes Trump vs. MbS
  • 11 minutes Can the World Survive without Saudi Oil?
  • 15 minutes WTI @ $75.75, headed for $64 - 67
  • 2 hours U.S. Shale Oil Debt: Deep the Denial
  • 17 hours Satellite Moons to Replace Streetlamps?!
  • 1 day EU to Splash Billions on Battery Factories
  • 13 hours The Dirt on Clean Electric Cars
  • 25 mins Why I Think Natural Gas is the Logical Future of Energy
  • 11 hours Owning stocks long-term low risk?
  • 4 hours Can “Renewables” Dent the World’s need for Electricity?
  • 2 days US top CEO's are spending their own money on the midterm elections
  • 2 days A $2 Trillion Saudi Aramco IPO Keeps Getting Less Realistic
  • 2 days The Balkans Are Coming Apart at the Seams Again
  • 2 days 47 Oil & Gas Projects Expected to Start in SE Asia between 2018 & 2025
  • 10 mins Closing the circle around Saudi Arabia: Where did Khashoggi disappear?
  • 2 days Uber IPO Proposals Value Company at $120 Billion
U.S. And Saudis? Expect Business As Usual

U.S. And Saudis? Expect Business As Usual

The fallout from the Khashoggi…

White House Shelves Coal Industry Incentives Plan

White House Shelves Coal Industry Incentives Plan

Troubled coal-fired power plant operators…

Scientists Call for Firing of Head of DOE Fracking Review Panel

Former CIA head John Deutch has been chairing U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Stephen Chu’s advisory group on hydraulic fracturing, more frequently referred to as “fracking.”

Since leaving the CIA, former head John Deutch has earned more than $1 million serving on the boards of energy companies and it is this proximity that has made Deutch unsuitable to chair the advisory group, environmentalists and scientists charge.

Twenty-eight scientists told Chu in a letter that Deutch, a trained chemist, should be removed from the Natural Gas Subcommittee of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board because under President Bill Clinton in 2006-2009 Deutch received more than $1.4 million from energy companies Schumberger and Cheniere Energy, the federal government’s allgov.com website reported. They wrote that the Natural Gas Subcommittee of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board, "appears to be performing advocacy-based science and seems to have already concluded that hydraulic fracturing is safe," asking Chu to replace Deutch "with a person with no financial ties to the natural gas and oil industry" and add "independent members" to the committee.

Critics have also observed that all but one member of Chu’s Natural Gas Subcommittee Advisory Board have financial ties to the natural gas industry. Those members are Stephen Holditch, Kathleen McGinty, Susan Tierney, Daniel Yergin and Mark Zoback.

While the Energy Department does not have the authority to oversee and regulate natural gas production, the environmentalists and scientists are concerned a positive endorsement by the Natural Gas Subcommittee Advisory Board of fracking could assist the industry in its battle to keep the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating the mining process.

By. John C.K. Daly of OilPrice.com


x

Join the discussion | Back to homepage

Leave a comment

Leave a comment

Oilprice - The No. 1 Source for Oil & Energy News