News bites: EPA backing off fracking tests, ANWR plan floated, and more

Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell's (R) administration unveiled an oil-and-gas exploration plan for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, despite Interior Secretary Sally Jewell saying the Obama administration has no plans to look for gas there, The Associated Press reports.

Republicans on the House Natural Resources Committee advocated more mining on federal lands, brushing aside a recent Interior Department report that mining firms might be shorting taxpayers, writes The Associated Press.

A USA Today report says climate change could be responsible for intensifying drought in the United States.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration revised downward its annual estimate of U.S. coal burned and produced and bumped up anticipated coal exports, Platts reports.