Obama Names Nominee to Head Bureau of Land Management

President Barack Obama, Brady Press Room Briefing
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Clare Foran
Nov. 8, 2013, 1:50 a.m.

Pres­id­ent Obama has named Neil Kornze his nom­in­ee to over­see the In­teri­or De­part­ment’s Bur­eau of Land Man­age­ment, The Hill re­ports.

The BLM is cur­rently work­ing to de­vel­op reg­u­la­tions for ho­ri­zont­al drilling and hy­draul­ic frac­tur­ing, or frack­ing, on pub­lic and In­di­an trust lands. The rule has already been the sub­ject of cri­ti­cism from the oil and gas in­dustry, which says the reg­u­la­tions are an over­reach. Mean­while, en­vir­on­ment­al groups con­tend that stricter reg­u­la­tions are ne­ces­sary.

If con­firmed as head of the BLM, Kornze will likely be­come a key fig­ure in the de­bate. His nom­in­a­tion comes at the same time that Obama has moved to nom­in­ate Janice Schneider as as­sist­ant sec­ret­ary for land and min­er­als man­age­ment at the In­teri­or De­part­ment.

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