The House approved two bills Wednesday aimed at speeding up drilling for oil and natural gas on public lands.
The Obama administration said Thursday it will require companies that drill for oil and natural gas on federal lands to publicly disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing operations.
A domestic natural gas boom already has lowered U.S. energy prices while stoking fears of environmental disaster. Now U.S. producers are poised to ship vast quantities of gas overseas as energy companies seek permits for proposed export projects that could set off a renewed frenzy of fracking.
President Barack Obama says simply calling for more drilling is just a “bumper sticker,” not a real plan for bringing down rising gas prices.