On May 7, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell testified on the Department’s proposed Fiscal Year 2014 budget before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies. In a response to Senator John Hoeven (R-ND), Secretary Jewell said the Department will release regulations on hydraulic fracturing on public land in the upcoming weeks. The Department originally released proposed rules in 2012 but recalled them in January following the submission of 177,000 public comments; these proposed rules have changed rather significantly from the first set of proposed rules. Secretary Jewell said that while she understands the benefits of fracking, rules on the process are essential. At the same hearing, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) expressed opposition to wind power projects, saying there are concerns that the turbine blades kill bats and birds.