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
"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 completionsbasically, bad cement jobs," he
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
recently approved LNG exports to non-FTA (free-trade agreement)
countries from Houston-based Freeport LNG Development LPs
terminal in Freeport, Texas (
amm.com, May 21).