Tag: interior department

Energy Department: U.S. must act now on methane emissions

The EPA and the Interior Department are considering a combination of regulations that would rein in methane, a power heat-trapping greenhouse gas.  More »

Feds move ahead with central Gulf auction

The Obama administration is moving ahead with plans to sell offshore drilling rights in the central Gulf of Mexico.  More »

Democrats tell feds to crack down on illegal drilling

Federal land managers need to work harder to prevent oil companies from illegally burrowing into federal mineral estate, four House Democrats say.  More »

Poll: Public wants action on flaring

The oil industry’s practice of burning or releasing natural gas from wells where crude is the big moneymaker is unpopular in several western states, according to a poll released Thursday.  More »

Methane pollution from federal lands rising, oil boom to blame

Data from the Interior Department shows a huge uptick in methane being vented or burned as waste from wells on public lands.  More »

Audit: Offshore drilling permit reviews are inconsistent

he federal agency in charge of regulating offshore drilling doesn’t have standardized procedures for reviewing permits and has not finished establishing an electronic program designed to streamline the process, according to government audit.  More »

Democrats to Obama: Get tough on oil companies drilling on public land

At issue is the Interior Department’s proposed rule to tighten standards for wells on federal and Indian lands, including new mandates for the hydraulic fracturing process used to coax oil and gas out of dense rock formations.  More »

Shell, ConocoPhillips plead White House for flexibility in Arctic

Oil companies hoping to find crude under Arctic waters north of Alaska are imploring the Obama administration to ensure new rules governing drilling in the region don’t force them to stash emergency equipment nearby nor block them from using chemical dispersants to clean up any spills.  More »

Environmental groups crank up heat on methane mandates

Environmental groups on Thursday pressured the Obama administration to clamp down on methane leaking from the oil and gas sector by imposing new regulations targeting wells, valves and other infrastructure.  More »

Study: East Coast states could cash in on offshore drilling

North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia could rake in billions if the Interior Department opens up auctions on leases along the Atlantic Coast, according to the study.  More »

Feds advance hydraulic fracturing rule

The Obama administration is on track to impose new mandates governing hydraulic fracturing on public land by the end of the year, a move that threatens to topple the White House’s delicate balancing act assuaging worried environmentalists while still sustaining a domestic drilling boom that is bolstering the U.S. economy.  More »

Uncle Sam to collect $110 million from offshore oil auction

Oil and gas companies are set to pay the government $110 million in high bids for leases in the western Gulf of Mexico, after an auction Wednesday that underscored the industry’s interest in deep-water territory.  More »
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