Rockies picked for energy development
July 7, 2003
DENVER (AP) - The Bush administration is promoting a pilot energy
development project in the Rocky Mountain West, The Denver Post reported
The newspaper said the White House has charged a group of top administration
officials with finding ways to streamline environmental approvals
and accelerate renewable-energy projects, pipeline construction and
natural-gas drilling on public lands.
The group, called the Rocky Mountain Energy Council, will hold its
first meeting Tuesday at the Denver Federal Center, where it may set
up permanent offices.
The Bush administration and industry are eager to tap into what's
been called a "Persian Gulf of natural gas" in the West,
and the meeting comes after dire warnings from Federal Reserve Chairman
Alan Greenspan of natural-gas shortages damaging the U.S. economy.