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In Texas it takes seven days to get permission to use hydraulic fracturing to drill for oil and gas. In the U.K. the wait is six months.
Ed Miliband, the leader of the U.K.’s opposition Labour Party, accused Prime Minister David Cameron of making up energy policy in a panicked response to public anger at soaring electricity and gas bills.
Campaigners desperate to prevent the birth of a U.K. shale-gas industry have glued themselves to walls, barricaded country lanes and climbed drill rigs. Yet their most potent weapon is more prosaic: lawyers.
Katy resident Frederick Buttaccio was killed in the attack on a natural gas facility in Algeria. Another Houston-area man also was taken captive. His fate is unknown.
Democrats increased their recent calls for President Obama to release oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, noting oil prices dropped Thursday after a report, which the White House denied, that the U.S. and Britain had agreed to release oil from their reserves.