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Fracking woes manageable, new Energy Secretary says

Keywords: Tags  Ernest Moniz, LNG exports, liquefied natural gas, LNG, Energy Department, hydraulic fracturing, fracking, Thorsten Schier

NEW YORK — Environmental concerns about hydraulic fracturing (fracking) are "manageable," newly appointed Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said in his first testimony before the House energy and power subcommittee.

"All of the environmental issues that have arisen (around fracking) are manageable," he said during questioning. "They are challenging in some cases but we know what to do. The issue is doing it." Many cases of failures during the fracking process come down to "poor well completions—basically, bad cement jobs," he said.

Referring to exports of liquefied natural gas (LNG), Moniz said that the Energy Department would "expeditiously work through the remaining applications (for LNG exports), reviewing each one on a case-by-case basis to ensure that all approvals are in the public interest," adding that the agency would "absolutely" look to address all remaining export applications by the end of the year.

The department recently approved LNG exports to non-FTA (free-trade agreement) countries from Houston-based Freeport LNG Development LP’s terminal in Freeport, Texas (, May 21).

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