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Obama Administration Proposes New Federal Role in Siting Shale Gas Development in Combination With Renewables

March 2014

Citation: ELR 10185

Author: E. Donald Elliott

One of the most interesting aspects of the State of the Union for the energy industry was not what the president said, but something buried in the accompanying White House fact sheet: a proposal for the federal government to assume an enhanced role in "helping" to plan shale gas development and at the same time promote renewable energy.

E. Donald Elliott is Senior of Counsel in the Washington, D.C., office of Covington & Burling LLP and Professor (Adjunct) of Law at Yale Law School. He served as General Counsel of EPA in the Administration of George H.W. Bush. The opinions are those of the author as an individual and not any organization, client, or group.


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