Democratic News


---  On Monday, November 14, the full committee will examine Marcellus Shale Gas development and production in West Virginia.  Witnesses include Anthony Cugini, director, National Energy Technology Laboratory, Morgantown, WV; James Coleman, task leader of the Energy Resources Program, U.S. Geological Survey; Jon Capacasa, director of the Water Protection Division Region 3, Environmental Protection Agency, Philadelphia, PA; Kurt Dettinger, general counsel, office of the governor, Charleston, WV; Doug Facemire, state senator, West Virginia legislature; Tim Manchin, delegate, West Virginia House of Delegates, Fairmont, WV; Randy Huffman, secretary, West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, Charleston, WV; Dr. Tom Witt, director, college of business and economics, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV; Scott Rotruck, vice president of corporate development and state government relations, Oklahoma City, OK; Kevin West, managing director of external affairs, EQT Corporation, Pittsburgh, PA; and Don Garvin, legislative coordinator, West Virginia Environmental Council, Buckhannon, WV.  (7th Floor Courtroom of the Robert C. Byrd Federal Courthouse, 300 Virginia St., East Charleston, WV 23501 at 10:00 a.m.)


--- On Tuesday, November 15, the full committee will receive testimony on the Department of Energy’s Quadrennial Technology Review and two bills pending before the Committee: S. 1703 and S. 1807.  Witnesses include Dr. Steven E. Koonin, undersecretary for science, U.S. Department of Energy and Dr. Ernest Moniz, director of MIT Energy Initiative, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA. (Dirksen 366 at 10:00 a.m.)


--- On Thursday, November 17, the full committee will receive testimony on the Secretary of the Interior’s Order No. 3315 to Consolidate and Establish the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement within the Bureau of Land Management.  Witnesses will be posted to the website at a later date.  (Dirksen 366 at 9:30 a.m.)


Bonus …


---   Senators Bingaman, Wyden and Alexander, along with 21 of their colleagues, are urging President Obama to continue his support of the Department of Energy’s high performance computing initiative.  DOE’s research in supercomputing plays a crucial role in developing new technologies and increasing efficiencies in existing systems, both of which lead to improved economic competitiveness and national security.  The bipartisan letter offers an overview of this program while also noting the global competition that the United States faces in developing these technologies.


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