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Federal Agencies with Hydraulic Regulation/Research

Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) – BSEE works to promote safety, protect the environment, and conserve resources offshore through vigorous regulatory oversight and enforcement.

Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) – The CEQ coordinates Federal environmental efforts and works closely with agencies and other White House offices in the development of environmental policies and initiatives. CEQ was established within the Executive Office of the President by Congress as part of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) and additional responsibilities were provided by the Environmental Quality Improvement Act of 1970.

Department of Energy (DOE) – The mission of the DOE is to ensure America’s security and prosperity by addressing its energy, environmental and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions.

  • Safety of Shale Gas Development – On March 30, 2011, President Obama announced a plan for U.S. energy security in which he instructed the Secretary of Energy to work with other agencies, the natural gas industry, states, and environmental experts to improve the safety of shale gas development. As a result, Energy Secretary Steven Chu charged the Natural Gas Subcommittee with providing the SEAB with recommendations as to actions that can be taken to improve the safety and environmental performance of shale gas extraction processes, and other steps to ensure protection of public health and safety.

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) – HHS is the United States government’s principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves.

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) – DHS has a vital mission: to secure the nation from the many threats we face. This requires the dedication of more than 240,000 employees in jobs that range from aviation and border security to emergency response, from cybersecurity analyst to chemical facility inspector.

Department of Interior (DOI) – DOI protects America’s natural resources and heritage, honors our cultures and tribal communities, and supplies the energy to power our future.

  • Bureau of Land Management (BLM): Oil and Gas – The BLM Oil and Gas Management program is one of the most important mineral leasing programs in the Federal government.
  • USGS Energy Resources Program – The Energy Resources Program is part of the USGS Energy and Minerals, and Environmental Health Mission Area that conducts research and assessments on the location, quantity, and quality of mineral and energy resources, including the economic and environmental effects of resources extraction and use; and conducts research on the environmental impacts of human activities that introduce chemical and pathogenic contaminants into the environment and threaten human, animal (fish and wildlife), and ecological health.
  • USGS, Hydraulic Fracturing – Part of the Energy Resources Program
  • USGS, National Oil and Gas Assessment – Part of the Energy Resources Program

Department of Transportation (DOT) – The mission of the DOT is to serve the United States by ensuring a fast, safe, efficient, accessible and convenient transportation system that meets our vital national interests and enhances the quality of life of the American people, today and into the future.

Energy Information Administration (EIA) – The EIA collects, analyzes, and disseminates independent and impartial energy information to promote sound policymaking, efficient markets, and public understanding of energy and its interaction with the economy and the environment.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – EPA is working with states and other key stakeholders to help ensure that natural gas extraction does not come at the expense of public health and the environment. The Agency is investing in improving our scientific understanding of hydraulic fracturing, providing regulatory clarity with respect to existing laws, and using existing authorities where appropriate to enhance health and environmental safeguards.

  • Hydraulic Fracturing Research – Technological advances such as horizontal drilling have increased access to natural gas. With greater access, however, come new questions about the impact of extraction activities on environmental and human health. EPA conducts research to better understand the relationship between hydraulic fracturing and drinking water resources.
  • Natural Gas STAR Program – Launched in 1993, the Natural Gas STAR Program is a flexible, voluntary partnership that encourages oil and natural gas companies–both domestic and abroad–to adopt proven, cost-effective technologies and practices that improve operational efficiency and reduce methane emissions.
  • Underground Injection Control (UIC) Program – The UIC Program is responsible for regulating the construction, operation, permitting, and closure of injection wells that place fluids underground for storage or disposal.

National Economic Council (NEC) – The NEC was established in 1993 to advise the President on U.S. and global economic policy. The NEC has four principal functions: to coordinate policy-making for domestic and international economic issues, to coordinate economic policy advice for the President, to ensure that policy decisions and programs are consistent with the President's economic goals, and to monitor implementation of the President's economic policy agenda.

Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) – The mission of the OSTP is threefold: first, to provide the President and his senior staff with accurate, relevant, and timely scientific and technical advice on all matters of consequence; second, to ensure that the policies of the Executive Branch are informed by sound science; and third, to ensure that the scientific and technical work of the Executive Branch is properly coordinated so as to provide the greatest benefit to society.

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) – USDA provides leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, rural development, nutrition, and related issues based on sound public policy, the best available science, and efficient management.

United States Forest Service (USFS) – Established in 1905, the Forest Service is an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Forest Service manages public lands in national forests and grasslands.