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A U.S. Senate committee has approved nominations by President Donald Trump to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and to a post overseeing the Bureau of Land Management.

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee approved the nominations of Kevin McIntyre and Rich Glick to the energy commission and Joseph Balash as assistant Interior secretary for land and minerals management.

McIntyre heads the energy department of the law firm Jones Day and was nominated to chair the commission. Click served as the Democrat general counsel to the same committee and was vice president of government affairs for Iberdrola’s renewable energy, electric and gas utility, and natural gas storage businesses in the United States. He has previously worked for PacifiCorp and served as a policy adviser to Energy Secretary Bill Richardson.

The committee also approved Joseph Balash to be assistant secretary for land and minerals management.

Balash served as commissioner of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources and as chief of staff to Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska.

A final vote on the Senate floor remains to be scheduled.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is to consider an application for the Jordan Cove project, which could transport natural gas from northwest Colorado to Coos Bay in Oregon and then to markets on the Pacific Rim.

Balash would supervise the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.


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