Jewell: Oil and Gas Industry Needs to Better Inform Public Debate on Fracking

US President Barack Obama(not seen) announces his choice of Sally Jewell, president and CEO of Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI), to be the next Secretary of the Interior in the State Dining Room of the White House on February 6, 2013 in Washington, DC. Jewell will replace Ken Salazar who is stepping down. 
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Clare Foran
Nov. 8, 2013, 6:16 a.m.

In­teri­or Sec­ret­ary Sally Jew­ell called on the oil and gas in­dustry Thursday to bet­ter in­form the qual­ity of pub­lic de­bate over frack­ing and quell safety con­cerns over use of the tech­nique to ex­tract oil and nat­ur­al gas from shale-rock form­a­tions, E&E re­ports (sub­scrip­tion re­quired).

Speak­ing at an event in San Fran­cisco, the In­teri­or sec­ret­ary labeled the cur­rent de­bate “con­fused” and “not well-in­formed,” an ar­gu­ment most of­ten made by the oil and gas in­dustry it­self.

“I think that there’s a lot of mis­in­form­a­tion about frack­ing,” Jew­ell said, adding: “I think that it’s part of the in­dustry’s job to make sure that the pub­lic un­der­stands what it is, how it’s done, and why it’s safe. It’s our job as a reg­u­lat­or and pub­lic land man­ager to make sure that it is done safely and re­spons­ibly, that we use the best avail­able sci­ence, and we are in fact do­ing that.”

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