The Obama administration’s new secretary of energy says his top priorities are responding to climate change, safely managing the nation’s nuclear stockpile and fostering scientific research. He also mentioned the need to clean up the nation’s Cold War legacy waste.
Fallout from a recent natural gas boom has spread across the country. The Northwest is starting to see interest in gas drilling, too.
Communities could reap economic benefits, but some residents also worry about consequences, ranging from water and air pollution to new pipelines and gas-processing plants.
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