1. OIL AND GAS:
BLM to release new draft of hydraulic fracturing rule
The Interior Department today announced it will be revising a controversial draft rule to regulate hydraulic fracturing, the oil and gas production technique used at 90 percent of wells drilled on public lands. Interior's Bureau of Land Management next week will send the changes to the White House for review and will later release a new proposal for public comment in the first quarter of 2013.