Tag: BLM

Lawsuit aims to block US-approved Nevada drilling

The Bureau of Land Management concluded in an environmental analysis in February that energy exploration resulting from the sale of the leases would have little or no impact across about 270 square miles of central Nevada’s Lander, Nye and Esmeralda counties.  More »

White House strategy to cut methane takes aim at oil industry

The White House on Friday unveiled a broad strategy for curbing greenhouse gas emissions, including regulations clamping down on methane tied to oil and gas development.  More »

Wind farm eagle deaths overestimated, company says

The developers of what could become the nation’s largest wind energy project say the U.S. Bureau of Land Management has overestimated how many eagles could be killed by wind turbines at the site.  More »

Report: Taxpayers not getting fair return from drilling

American taxpayers may not be getting the payout they deserve from oil and gas harvested on public lands, government investigators said Tuesday. The U.S. now charges among the lowest royalty and lease rates in the world for onshore oil and gas activity.  More »

House passes bill to thwart federal fracturing regs

The House of Representatives on Wednesday passed legislation to thwart federal regulation of hydraulic fracturing in what was the first major congressional vote on the process that is credited with unlocking new oil and gas supplies nationwide.  More »

Democrats assail House Republicans’ pro-drilling bills

House Republicans on Tuesday kicked off a week-long series of votes on measures designed to promote domestic energy development, beginning with a controversial bill that would accelerate the government’s permitting of oil and gas projects on federal lands.  More »

Federal hydraulic fracturing rules on uncertain timetable

The federal government is still wading through more than a million public comments filed on its plan to tighten standards for drilling on public lands, with “no date certain” for finalizing those mandates, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Thursday.  More »

Restrict drilling in grouse habitat, group tells feds

The environmental group WildEarth Guardians has asked the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to postpone approving and then impose restrictions on oil drilling in designated sage grouse habitat.  More »

Shutdown over, but energy data not flowing yet

The government shutdown is over, but new drilling permits and energy data won’t start flowing out of federal agencies right away.  More »

Environmentalists threaten lawsuit as drilling continues despite shutdown

Despite the government shutdown, existing oil and gas wells can keep flowing and drilling work can keep going too. The result, says the Center for Biological Diversity, is a jarring situation where oil companies can keep treading on public lands, even as other visitors are barred from the territory.  More »

Salazar: Shutdown will hurt Gulf production

The federal government shutdown could harm oil and gas production across the United States, former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar warned Thursday.  More »

Government shutdown would stop some oil permitting

The government will stop permitting oil and gas projects on public lands — but not offshore — if lawmakers do not reach a deal to continue funding the federal government by Tuesday.  More »
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