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Release Date: May 26, 2011

Setting the Bar for Safety & Responsibility

On May 5, 2011, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu charged the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board (SEAB) Natural Gas Subcommittee to make recommendations to improve the safety and environmental performance of natural gas hydraulic fracturing from shale formations. Secretary Chu extended the Subcommittee membership beyond SEAB members to include the natural gas industry, states, and environmental experts. The Subcommittee is supported by the Departments of Energy and Interior, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

President Obama directed Secretary Chu to form the Natural Gas Subcommittee as part of the President’s "Blueprint for a Secure Energy Future" - a comprehensive plan to reduce America's oil dependence, save consumers money, and make our country the leader in clean energy industries.

The Subcommittee will conduct a review, and will work to identify any immediate steps that can be taken to improve the safety and environmental performance of hydraulic fracturing. They will also develop advice for the agencies on shale extraction practices that ensure protection of public health and the environment. 

Notice of Public Meeting

The SEAB Natural Gas Subcommittee will hold a public meeting on June 1-2, 2011 at the U.S. Department of Energy Headquarters in Washington, DC.

To attend this meeting, please RSVP to shalegas@hq.doe.gov no later than 5:00 PM Monday, May 30th, with your name, organization and citizenship.