Fracking Finds Friend -- ANGA Announces New Chief

March 27, 2013 08:34 AM

stars and stripes America's Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA) announced a new chief executive officer who says he will fight for fracking in Washington. According to a Reuters report, Marty Durbin will head the alliance starting May first.

ANGA spent a reported $2.65 million on lobbying efforts in 2012, and Durbin -- nephew of second ranking U.S. Senator Richard Durbin -- intends to keep the fracking debate on the Obama administration's radar.

“The good news about the administration is it recognizes the benefits of natural gas,” Durbin said in an interview (Reuters).

Hydraulic fracking has raised controversy in the United States where the process has unlocked vast crude oil and natural gas resources from shale formations. Opponents of fracking fear the environmental and seismic impacts of pumping sand, chemicals and water into gas and oil rich shale.

But as the practice of fracking matures, innovations from companies like Halliburton and Apache Energy including recycled fracking fluids and in-field natural gas fueled pumps will continue to diminish fracking's already small environmental footprint, and widen margins for producers.

America's Natural Gas Alliance expects the appointment of Marty Durbin to CEO to level the debate on fracking, and with an 'in' with a ranking Senate Democrat, Durbin, along with the benefits of hydraulic fracking, will be hard for the administration to ignore.

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