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Executive Order: Feds To Take Control of Domestic Natural Gas Production

Alexander 2012/04/17 16:51:33

Mac Slavo
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Monday, April 16, 2012

While Americans focused their attention on the Colombian controversy involving U.S. Secret Service agents, prostitutes and excessive drinking, President Obama quietly signed his latest Presidential Executive Order.

The Supporting Safe and Responsible Development of Unconventional Domestic Natural Gas Resources Executive Order seeks to create what amounts to a Presidential super committee that will oversee the regulation and development of the ‘unconventional’ natural gas industry for the purpose of ensuring a long-term natural gas supply for the United States, as well as to do so in a safe and environmentally responsible manner.

Excerpts (Read the complete E.O.):

While natural gas production is carried out by private firms, and States are the primary regulators of onshore oil and gas activities, the Federal Government has an important role to play by regulating oil and gas activities on public and Indian trust lands, encouraging greater use of natural gas in transportation, supporting research and development aimed at improving the safety of natural gas development and transportation activities, and setting sensible, cost-effective public health and environmental standards to implement Federal law and augment State safeguards.

Because efforts to promote safe, responsible, and efficient development of unconventional domestic natural gas resources are underway at a number of executive departments and agencies (agencies), close interagency coordination is important for effective implementation of these programs and activities. To formalize and promote ongoing interagency coordination, this order establishes a high-level, interagency working group that will facilitate coordinated Administration policy efforts to support safe and responsible unconventional domestic natural gas development.

The target of the legislation is what many believe is the unrestricted and out-of-control drilling practices of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, a process which blasts water, sand and chemicals underground to stimulate the release of natural gas. Fracking has led to health concerns from environmentalists and others for its potential to pollute the air and contaminate drinking water. Some theories also suggest that fracturing may raise the likelihood of earthquakes in areas like the central United States, an argument that many scientists agree is plausible.


Domestic Fracking Intensity via Gasland

Several industry groups have applauded the President’s move to curtail the industry, with American Petroleum Institute head Jack Gerard saying his organization is “pleased that the White House recognizes the need to coordinate the efforts of the federal agencies that are reviewing, studying or proposing new regulations.”

The President’s order establishes an ”Interagency Working Group” to be composed of deputy level or higher representatives from federal agencies that include the Defense Department, Transportation, Agriculture, Health and Human Services, Energy, Homeland Security, and the Environmental Protection Agency. The working group has been tasked with supporting the safe, responsible and efficient development of unconventional domestic natural gas resources.

Now that the President has given the go ahead, there’s nothing holding the government back. The fracking industry stands to be impacted almost immediately, with federal agencies prepared to tear into operations nationwide in short order:

The Obama administration is taking new steps to increase federal oversight of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, a drilling method that has helped usher in a natural-gas boom but brought with it environmental concerns.

The Environmental Protection Agency is slated to unveil final oil-and-gas air pollution regulations next week that would cut smog-forming and toxic emissions from wells developed with fracking. Separately, the Interior Department will soon float rules for fracking on public lands.

Source: The Hill

But not everyone agrees with what is considered by many to be a further expansion of the federal government into industries traditionally reserved for State regulatory agencies. “We don’t need another working group, or any more bureaucracy, ” responded republican Congressman John Boehner through a spokesman.

According to opponents of the legislation, by Presidential decree the federal government can now coordinate action through thirteen core federal agencies against any domestic natural gas production facility and according to standards determined to be appropriate not by law, but because of political agenda.

Moreover, because a key stated purpose of the Executive Order is to ensure long-term supplies, the President’s decree gives the federal government the ability to shut down gas production operations as they see fit, potentially leading to government price fixing and centralized control of an essential natural energy resource.

While the President’s Executive Order aims to curtail the unsafe and environmentally dangerous practices of the fracking industry, it further expands government control over our lives through more centralization of power and bureaucracy.

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  • Striker 2012/04/17 17:42:12
    Striker
    +3
    The tyrants of D.C. continue to move toward control of everything. Are those not also human beings - do they not also do all this to themselves?

    How have they been allowed to seize control of everything? In particular it is via control of energy and utilities. We must use less water and we must tolerate the Rulers putting fluoride in our water, We must use less gas and oil, so the supply is restricted and the price keeps going up. We must use less electricity, so let's get the price up -- so regulate the type of coal which can be used. We must use less natural gas - "natural" get it? So we must control who gets the gas, and we must get the price up again, Thi8s is a "govern"ment that serves the People? Laugh, Laugh. They must now control the internet, so they've built LightSquared and put the big switch in the White House. Their "experts" are those who are too incompetent to compete in the real world of capitalism and private markets.

    So the handwriting on the wall of this cave is about complete. When your Rulers decide to make energy, utilities and communications unaffordable, who knows how to survive without them? Funny thing will be how do the suppliers of all these things survive without paying customers?

    All of these things keep being added to the load upon...

    The tyrants of D.C. continue to move toward control of everything. Are those not also human beings - do they not also do all this to themselves?

    How have they been allowed to seize control of everything? In particular it is via control of energy and utilities. We must use less water and we must tolerate the Rulers putting fluoride in our water, We must use less gas and oil, so the supply is restricted and the price keeps going up. We must use less electricity, so let's get the price up -- so regulate the type of coal which can be used. We must use less natural gas - "natural" get it? So we must control who gets the gas, and we must get the price up again, Thi8s is a "govern"ment that serves the People? Laugh, Laugh. They must now control the internet, so they've built LightSquared and put the big switch in the White House. Their "experts" are those who are too incompetent to compete in the real world of capitalism and private markets.

    So the handwriting on the wall of this cave is about complete. When your Rulers decide to make energy, utilities and communications unaffordable, who knows how to survive without them? Funny thing will be how do the suppliers of all these things survive without paying customers?

    All of these things keep being added to the load upon the backs of the People by other People (it IS the same species, is it not?) whom we have supposedly chosen to Rule us all. Was that our free choice, or did our ancestors foist this system upon us? Who here ever signed this Constitution which allows all this insanity?

    When your lights go off, just what will you do?
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  • voice_matters 2012/04/17 20:12:22
    voice_matters
    nothing in the order gives them control over anything. maybe you can tell me what section of the executive order you believe does that.
  • Alexander voice_m... 2012/04/17 23:53:19
    Alexander
    Ah a Liberal trying to cause trouble it is apparent you did not read the Executive Order it is clearly marked where to view the Executive Order:

    (b) Functions. Consistent with the authorities and responsibilities of participating agencies and offices, the Working Group shall support the safe and responsible production of domestic unconventional natural gas by performing the following functions:

    (i) coordinate agency policy activities, ensuring their efficient and effective operation and facilitating cooperation among agencies, as appropriate;

    (ii) coordinate among agencies the sharing of scientific, environmental, and related technical and economic information;

    (iii) engage in long-term planning and ensure coordination among the appropriate Federal entities with respect to such issues as research, natural resource assessment, and the development of infrastructure; 
    (iv) promote interagency communication with stakeholders; and

    (v) consult with other agencies and offices as appropriate.

    Sec. 3. General Provisions. (a) This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.

    (b) Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:

    (i) the authority granted by law to an executive department, agency, or the ...



    Ah a Liberal trying to cause trouble it is apparent you did not read the Executive Order it is clearly marked where to view the Executive Order:

    (b) Functions. Consistent with the authorities and responsibilities of participating agencies and offices, the Working Group shall support the safe and responsible production of domestic unconventional natural gas by performing the following functions:

    (i) coordinate agency policy activities, ensuring their efficient and effective operation and facilitating cooperation among agencies, as appropriate;

    (ii) coordinate among agencies the sharing of scientific, environmental, and related technical and economic information;

    (iii) engage in long-term planning and ensure coordination among the appropriate Federal entities with respect to such issues as research, natural resource assessment, and the development of infrastructure; 
    (iv) promote interagency communication with stakeholders; and

    (v) consult with other agencies and offices as appropriate.

    Sec. 3. General Provisions. (a) This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.

    (b) Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:

    (i) the authority granted by law to an executive department, agency, or the head thereof; or

    (ii) the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.

    (c) This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.
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  • Alexander Alexander 2012/04/17 23:54:31
    Alexander
    Section 1. Policy. In 2011, natural gas provided 25 percent of the energy consumed in the United States. Its production creates jobs and provides economic benefits to the entire domestic production supply chain, as well as to chemical and other manufacturers, who benefit from lower feedstock and energy costs. By helping to power our transportation system, greater use of natural gas can also reduce our dependence on oil. And with appropriate safeguards, natural gas can provide a cleaner source of energy than other fossil fuels.

    For these reasons, it is vital that we take full advantage of our natural gas resources, while giving American families and communities confidence that natural and cultural resources, air and water quality, and public health and safety will not be compromised.

    While natural gas production is carried out by private firms, and States are the primary regulators of onshore oil and gas activities, the Federal Government has an important role to play by regulating oil and gas activities on public and Indian trust lands, encouraging greater use of natural gas in transportation, supporting research and development aimed at improving the safety of natural gas development and transportation activities, and setting sensible, cost-effective public health and envi...

































    Section 1. Policy. In 2011, natural gas provided 25 percent of the energy consumed in the United States. Its production creates jobs and provides economic benefits to the entire domestic production supply chain, as well as to chemical and other manufacturers, who benefit from lower feedstock and energy costs. By helping to power our transportation system, greater use of natural gas can also reduce our dependence on oil. And with appropriate safeguards, natural gas can provide a cleaner source of energy than other fossil fuels.

    For these reasons, it is vital that we take full advantage of our natural gas resources, while giving American families and communities confidence that natural and cultural resources, air and water quality, and public health and safety will not be compromised.

    While natural gas production is carried out by private firms, and States are the primary regulators of onshore oil and gas activities, the Federal Government has an important role to play by regulating oil and gas activities on public and Indian trust lands, encouraging greater use of natural gas in transportation, supporting research and development aimed at improving the safety of natural gas development and transportation activities, and setting sensible, cost-effective public health and environmental standards to implement Federal law and augment State safeguards.

    Because efforts to promote safe, responsible, and efficient development of unconventional domestic natural gas resources are underway at a number of executive departments and agencies (agencies), close interagency coordination is important for effective implementation of these programs and activities. To formalize and promote ongoing interagency coordination, this order establishes a high-level, interagency working group that will facilitate coordinated Administration policy efforts to support safe and responsible unconventional domestic natural gas development.

    Sec. 2. Interagency Working Group to Support Safe and Responsible Development of Unconventional Domestic Natural Gas Resources. There is established an Interagency Working Group to Support Safe and Responsible Development of Unconventional Domestic Natural Gas Resources (Working Group), to be chaired by the Director of the Domestic Policy Council, or a designated representative.

    (a) Membership. In addition to the Chair, the Working Group shall include deputy-level representatives or equivalent officials, designated by the head of the respective agency or office, from:

    (i) the Department of Defense;

    (ii) the Department of the Interior;

    (iii) the Department of Agriculture;

    (iv) the Department of Commerce;

    (v) the Department of Health and Human Services;

    (vi) the Department of Transportation;

    (vii) the Department of Energy;

    (viii) the Department of Homeland Security;

    (ix) the Environmental Protection Agency;

    (x) the Council on Environmental Quality;

    (xi) the Office of Science and Technology Policy;

    (xii) the Office of Management and Budget;

    (xiii) the National Economic Council; and

    (xiv) such other agencies or offices as the Chair may invite to participate.
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  • Alexander Alexander 2012/04/17 23:55:23
    Alexander
    The White House

    Office of the Press Secretary

    For Immediate Release April 13, 2012
    Executive Order -- Supporting Safe and Responsible Development of Unconventional Domestic Natural Gas Resources
    EXECUTIVE ORDER

    SUPPORTING SAFE AND RESPONSIBLE DEVELOPMENT OF UNCONVENTIONAL DOMESTIC NATURAL GAS RESOURCES

    By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to coordinate the efforts of Federal agencies responsible for overseeing the safe and responsible development of unconventional domestic natural gas resources and associated infrastructure and to help reduce our dependence on oil, it is hereby ordered as follows:

    Section 1. Policy. In 2011, natural gas provided 25 percent of the energy consumed in the United States. Its production creates jobs and provides economic benefits to the entire domestic production supply chain, as well as to chemical and other manufacturers, who benefit from lower feedstock and energy costs. By helping to power our transportation system, greater use of natural gas can also reduce our dependence on oil. And with appropriate safeguards, natural gas can provide a cleaner source of energy than other fossil fuels.

    For these reasons, it is vital that we take full advantage of our natural ga...





























































    The White House

    Office of the Press Secretary

    For Immediate Release April 13, 2012
    Executive Order -- Supporting Safe and Responsible Development of Unconventional Domestic Natural Gas Resources
    EXECUTIVE ORDER

    SUPPORTING SAFE AND RESPONSIBLE DEVELOPMENT OF UNCONVENTIONAL DOMESTIC NATURAL GAS RESOURCES

    By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to coordinate the efforts of Federal agencies responsible for overseeing the safe and responsible development of unconventional domestic natural gas resources and associated infrastructure and to help reduce our dependence on oil, it is hereby ordered as follows:

    Section 1. Policy. In 2011, natural gas provided 25 percent of the energy consumed in the United States. Its production creates jobs and provides economic benefits to the entire domestic production supply chain, as well as to chemical and other manufacturers, who benefit from lower feedstock and energy costs. By helping to power our transportation system, greater use of natural gas can also reduce our dependence on oil. And with appropriate safeguards, natural gas can provide a cleaner source of energy than other fossil fuels.

    For these reasons, it is vital that we take full advantage of our natural gas resources, while giving American families and communities confidence that natural and cultural resources, air and water quality, and public health and safety will not be compromised.

    While natural gas production is carried out by private firms, and States are the primary regulators of onshore oil and gas activities, the Federal Government has an important role to play by regulating oil and gas activities on public and Indian trust lands, encouraging greater use of natural gas in transportation, supporting research and development aimed at improving the safety of natural gas development and transportation activities, and setting sensible, cost-effective public health and environmental standards to implement Federal law and augment State safeguards.

    Because efforts to promote safe, responsible, and efficient development of unconventional domestic natural gas resources are underway at a number of executive departments and agencies (agencies), close interagency coordination is important for effective implementation of these programs and activities. To formalize and promote ongoing interagency coordination, this order establishes a high-level, interagency working group that will facilitate coordinated Administration policy efforts to support safe and responsible unconventional domestic natural gas development.

    Sec. 2. Interagency Working Group to Support Safe and Responsible Development of Unconventional Domestic Natural Gas Resources. There is established an Interagency Working Group to Support Safe and Responsible Development of Unconventional Domestic Natural Gas Resources (Working Group), to be chaired by the Director of the Domestic Policy Council, or a designated representative.

    (a) Membership. In addition to the Chair, the Working Group shall include deputy-level representatives or equivalent officials, designated by the head of the respective agency or office, from:

    (i) the Department of Defense;

    (ii) the Department of the Interior;

    (iii) the Department of Agriculture;

    (iv) the Department of Commerce;

    (v) the Department of Health and Human Services;

    (vi) the Department of Transportation;

    (vii) the Department of Energy;

    (viii) the Department of Homeland Security;

    (ix) the Environmental Protection Agency;

    (x) the Council on Environmental Quality;

    (xi) the Office of Science and Technology Policy;

    (xii) the Office of Management and Budget;

    (xiii) the National Economic Council; and

    (xiv) such other agencies or offices as the Chair may invite to participate.

    (b) Functions. Consistent with the authorities and responsibilities of participating agencies and offices, the Working Group shall support the safe and responsible production of domestic unconventional natural gas by performing the following functions:

    (i) coordinate agency policy activities, ensuring their efficient and effective operation and facilitating cooperation among agencies, as appropriate;

    (ii) coordinate among agencies the sharing of scientific, environmental, and related technical and economic information;

    (iii) engage in long-term planning and ensure coordination among the appropriate Federal entities with respect to such issues as research, natural resource assessment, and the development of infrastructure; 
    (iv) promote interagency communication with stakeholders; and

    (v) consult with other agencies and offices as appropriate.

    Sec. 3. General Provisions. (a) This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.

    (b) Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:

    (i) the authority granted by law to an executive department, agency, or the head thereof; or

    (ii) the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.

    (c) This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

    BARACK OBAMA

    THE WHITE HOUSE,
    April 13, 2012.
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  • voice_m... Alexander 2012/04/18 13:33:04
    voice_matters
    libby thanks for showing nothing gives them control. better luck with you fellow idiots
  • dubbie 2012/04/17 19:17:39
    dubbie
    +2
    Still waiting on an impeachment march. America cannot sit and continue to take this BS and not let our voice be silienced
  • Kane Fernau 2012/04/17 19:07:52
    Kane Fernau
    +2
    Democrats have wanted to emulate Hugo Chavez.
  • ordman 2012/04/17 18:01:53
    ordman
    +1
    On April, 9th of this year President Obama met with President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil and she told President Obama that Argentine President Cristina Fernandez plans to seize control of leading energy company YPF on or around the 16th of April. President Obama replied, Really Dilma I spoke to Hugo a few days ago and he didn’t say a thing to me about it. To which President Rousseff replied, well you know how sick he’s been over the last few months it probably just slipped his mind you know. I know, I know, but still now this means that I have to move my time table up to keep up with the rest, President Obama replied, I’m going to have to have some kind of diversions over the next week or so. I’m sure that you come up with something Barack you always do, she said. Well goodbye Dilma and thanks for everything, said President Obama and good bye to you Barack, and long live the revolution, replied President Rousseff. To which President Obama replied yes, yes, yes long live the revolution as they hugged good bye.

    Make believe or not to far from the truth?
  • Striker 2012/04/17 17:42:12
    Striker
    +3
    The tyrants of D.C. continue to move toward control of everything. Are those not also human beings - do they not also do all this to themselves?

    How have they been allowed to seize control of everything? In particular it is via control of energy and utilities. We must use less water and we must tolerate the Rulers putting fluoride in our water, We must use less gas and oil, so the supply is restricted and the price keeps going up. We must use less electricity, so let's get the price up -- so regulate the type of coal which can be used. We must use less natural gas - "natural" get it? So we must control who gets the gas, and we must get the price up again, Thi8s is a "govern"ment that serves the People? Laugh, Laugh. They must now control the internet, so they've built LightSquared and put the big switch in the White House. Their "experts" are those who are too incompetent to compete in the real world of capitalism and private markets.

    So the handwriting on the wall of this cave is about complete. When your Rulers decide to make energy, utilities and communications unaffordable, who knows how to survive without them? Funny thing will be how do the suppliers of all these things survive without paying customers?

    All of these things keep being added to the load upon...

    The tyrants of D.C. continue to move toward control of everything. Are those not also human beings - do they not also do all this to themselves?

    How have they been allowed to seize control of everything? In particular it is via control of energy and utilities. We must use less water and we must tolerate the Rulers putting fluoride in our water, We must use less gas and oil, so the supply is restricted and the price keeps going up. We must use less electricity, so let's get the price up -- so regulate the type of coal which can be used. We must use less natural gas - "natural" get it? So we must control who gets the gas, and we must get the price up again, Thi8s is a "govern"ment that serves the People? Laugh, Laugh. They must now control the internet, so they've built LightSquared and put the big switch in the White House. Their "experts" are those who are too incompetent to compete in the real world of capitalism and private markets.

    So the handwriting on the wall of this cave is about complete. When your Rulers decide to make energy, utilities and communications unaffordable, who knows how to survive without them? Funny thing will be how do the suppliers of all these things survive without paying customers?

    All of these things keep being added to the load upon the backs of the People by other People (it IS the same species, is it not?) whom we have supposedly chosen to Rule us all. Was that our free choice, or did our ancestors foist this system upon us? Who here ever signed this Constitution which allows all this insanity?

    When your lights go off, just what will you do?
    (more)
  • WF - Rumpelstiltskin -PWCM~JLA 2012/04/17 17:30:49
    WF - Rumpelstiltskin -PWCM~JLA
    +3
    Natural gas is so cheap, if the fed takes control like Obama wants or is trying to do. Your electricity prices will sky rocket.
  • VoteOut 2012/04/17 17:02:31
    VoteOut
    +3
    and you will need a permit to pass gas
  • Dale 2012/04/17 16:57:41
    Dale
    +2
    I shudder to think we may/could be in for five more years of this. And we will, if we don't get out the vote for whom-so-ever Republicans put up against Incumbent. Then, and only then can some of the current "Presidental Executive Orders"(Read orders of an Imperial Presidency.) be nullified.
  • zbacku 2012/04/17 16:54:56
  • Alexander zbacku 2012/04/17 17:14:24
    Alexander
    +2
    All propaganda has to be popular and has to accommodate itself to the comprehension of the least intelligent of those whom it seeks to reach.

    Adolf Hitler
  • zbacku 2012/04/17 16:53:26

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