Arushi Sharma Department of Energy Releases Recommendations for Shale Gas Development

The wait is over! The Department of Energy’s Shale Gas Production Subcommittee has issued a working draft of its 180-Day Report on public safety and environmental impact management for hydraulic fracturing and related activities.  The draft echoes the sentiments I’ve seen at Subcommittee meetings over the past few months, namely (1) kudos to the industry for coming together to work out solutions to actual and perceived problems, (2) direction to work harder and faster to address possible and actual safety and environmental impacts, and (3) cooperate quickly to get results.

Having attended a variety of discussions featuring state regulators from Pennsylvania, North Dakota and Ohio, members of Congress like Senators Bingaman and Hoeven, and representatives from working groups like STRONGER and FracFocus, I think that the Subcommittee’s report culminates some thoughtful discussions on what we need to do to keep the natural gas value chain clean, green and safe. We can expect a final 180-day report from the Subcommittee on November 18, 2011, to made available on the Subcommittee’s website.

Arushi Sharma

About Arushi Sharma

Arushi Sharma is Associate Counsel, Energy & Environment, in the Regulatory Affairs group at American Gas Association, representing AGA's natural gas distribution member companies on issues before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Environmental Protection Agency, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Department of Energy, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and other regulatory entities. She also addresses policy initiatives as part of the Policy & Planning Department at AGA, working on issues including responsible shale gas development, tax reform, and judicial developments affecting energy markets, environmental compliance, and administrative procedure. Before joining AGA, Arushi worked for the Chief Counsel for Regulatory Affairs at the National Marine Manufacturers Association and for Tax Counsel at the Tax Foundation. Arushi has spent time in international consulting, banking, publishing, environmental science and law, and tax law and policy fields. Arushi received a J.D. from the George Mason University School of Law and bachelors degrees in Economics, International Relations, and Environmental Management from the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Delhi. You can follow her views and news on natural gas law & policy on her twitter account at @law4natgas
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