President Obama signed an executive order Friday establishing a high-level task force charged with coordinating federal oversight of domestic natural-gas development.

The task force is charged with ensuring that rapidly growing efforts to tap vast natural-gas supplies in the country’s shale formations, which require advanced drilling techniques including “fracking,” are “safe and responsible.”

The order seeks to find a balance between encouraging expanded domestic natural-gas development, a position Obama has touted in a series of speeches in recent months, and ensuring that the administration protects the public.

Read more at The Hill. By Andrew Restuccia.

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