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Biden Official Heckled by Oil Group After Urging Shale Boost

Deputy Energy Secretary David Turk speaks via video conference during a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing in June, 2021. 

Deputy Energy Secretary David Turk speaks via video conference during a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing in June, 2021. 

Photographer: Amanda Andrade-Rhoades/Bloomberg

The Biden administration’s No. 2 energy official was heckled at an international oil conference after admonishing U.S. drillers to step up production in the industry’s de facto hometown.

Deputy Energy Secretary David Turk told shale explorers on Monday that the government already has done its part to lower fuel prices by offering up part of its strategic crude reserve.