The week ahead: Keystone pipeline lobbying, EPA email probe heat up

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House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) will convene a hearing on alleged problems in the Obama administration’s compliance with public records laws.

The highest-profile witness is former EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson.

Republicans accuse the former EPA chief of shielding agency business from public view by using a secondary federal email account and, perhaps, a personal address.

“Officials in multiple Administrations have struggled to fully comply, and in some instances willfully flaunted [sic], federal transparency and record keeping laws through their use of non-official e-mail and other electronic communications to conduct official government business,” Issa said in a statement announcing the hearing.

Jackson, through her attorney, has denied the charges of wrongdoing from Republicans, who for years have battled EPA regulations issued (or that will be issued) under the Obama administration.

“She looks forward to offering her testimony and addressing any questions that the committee wishes to put to her,” attorney Barry Coburn said.

Another witness will be Jonathan Silver, the former head of the Energy Department’s loan programs office.

Click here for more on the hearing.

Elsewhere on Capitol Hill, Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairwoman Allison Macfarlane will testify Tuesday at a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on nuclear waste policy.

The hearing, in the Environment and Economy subcommittee, will also feature Peter Lyons, the assistant secretary for nuclear energy at the Energy Department.

For energy policy watchers, one piece of Capitol Hill news is about what isn’t happening this week.

The debate over military strikes Syria has knocked the bipartisan energy efficiency bill sponsored by Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) off the Senate floor.

But two Senate Democratic leadership aides told The Hill recently that the energy bill is next in line after the Syria debate.

So the delay provides more time for negotiations about amendments, including a possible effort to attach approval of the Keystone pipeline to the bill.

There’s plenty happening off Capitol Hill in Washington on the energy front this week.

The Center for Strategic and International Studies will host an event on the military’s energy strategy on Monday that features Sharon Burke, the assistant secretary of Defense for operational energy plans and programs.

Also Monday, the Atlantic Council will host at least one senior Department of Energy (DOE) official at an event on “advanced fossil energy technologies.”

Darren Mollot, director of the DOE’s Office of Clean Energy Systems, is slated to appear. And another senior official, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Climate Change Jonathan Pershing, has been invited, according to the event website.

And Monday brings the opening of the big, three-day RETECH 2013 renewable energy and technology conference, which will feature several officials with the Energy Department and other agencies, as well as corporate executives and others.

On Wednesday, the American Enterprise Institute will host Rep. Michael Turner (R-Ohio) at an event titled “Natural Gas, Natural Allies: Energizing the U.S.-Japan relationship.”

Turner has sponsored a bill to expedite approval of U.S. gas exports to Japan and NATO allies.