On April 26, the House Science, Space, and Technology Subcommittees on Energy and Environment jointly held a hearing on research on hydraulic fracturing funded by the federal government. An executive order was released last year on collaboration between the Department of Energy, the Department of the Interior, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on hydraulic fracturing. In FY13, the Department of Energy will spend $10 million on fracking research, the Interior Department’s U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) will spend $8.6 million, and the EPA will spend $6.1 million. However some members, including Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), said the agencies have continued to spend money on research despite never releasing a draft research plan and final plan due in October 2012 and January 2013 respectively.