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FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2013, file photo, Ingrid Forsmark kayaks on Kintla Lake in Glacier National Park, Mont. The Interior Department plans to cancel a long-suspended oil and gas drilling lease near Glacier National Park that's on land considered sacred to the Blackfoot tribes of the U.S. and Canada, according to court documents filed Monday, Nov. 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Matt Volz, File)

U.S. to cancel lease on land sacred to Blackfoot Indian tribes

Tribal leaders said such a move would make up for a wrong done to them in 1982, when the government issued the lease without consulting the tribes.
This June 15, 2015 file photo shows kayakers trying to block the departure of the Shell Oil Polar Pioneer rig platform as it moved from Elliott Bay in Seattle, Washington.  (Tim Exton/AFP/Getty Images)

Even as it walks away from Arctic drilling, Shell keeps door open for future work

The company says it’s walking away from oil exploration in U.S. Arctic waters for the “foreseeable future,” but it’s keeping its options open.
In this March 25, 2014 photo, a worker oils a pump during a hydraulic fracturing operation at an Encana Corp. well pad near Mead, Colo. The first experimental use of hydraulic fracturing was in 1947, and more than 1 million U.S. oil and oil wells have been fracked since, according to the American Petroleum Institute. The National Petroleum Council estimates that up to 80 percent of natural oil wells drilled in the next decade will require hydraulic fracturing. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Environmentalists and energy companies lobby administration on coming methane rule

The Obama administration has telegraphed its plans to “reduce wasteful venting, flaring and leaks of natural gas from onshore wells” on federal and Indian leases nationwide.
(Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement)

Obama administration closes off two avenues for new Arctic drilling

The Interior Department announced it was canceling government auctions of drilling rights in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas, previously scheduled for 2016 and 2017 respectively. At the same time, it formally rejected bids by Statoil and Shell for more time to search for crude under their existing Arctic leases.
(Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement)

Shell abandons Arctic oil quest after $7 billion bid yields ‘disappointing’ results

After failing to find commercially viable quantities of oil and gas at its Chukchi Sea well, Shell said it will halt exploring U.S. Arctic waters and could take a $4.1 billion write down.
(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Obama administration plan would ensure energy companies pay to scrap old offshore hulks

The move by the Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is designed to ensure that the companies have set aside enough money to dismantle offshore facilities once oil and gas stops flowing.
Pumpjacks work behind a natural gas flare in North Dakota. (AP Photo)

BLM moves forward with plan to crack down on venting and flaring

A plan to curb natural gas venting and flaring at wells on public land is now being scrutinized in an interagency review process, teeing the proposal up for possible release later this year.
Northstar Island, an artificial island in the Beaufort Sea north of Alaska, is a site of oil and gas drilling. (U.S. Department of the Interior)

Feds to review Hilcorp’s plan for manmade island in Arctic

Although other gravel islands have been built in the Beaufort Sea, Hilcorp’s proposed Liberty project would be the first oil production facility located entirely in federal waters off the Alaska coast.
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Republicans oppose new safety rules on offshore drilling

The Interior Department is poised to issue standards to close what it says are gaps in blowout preventer rules. Such a device failed catastrophically when a BP well blew out in 2010, causing a massive oil spill.
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell speaks with reporters at a media roundtable on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. (Photo: Christian Science Monitor)

New rules for methane aim to thwart wasting valuable natural gas, official says

Venting valuable natural gas into the atmosphere is a “crazy” practice, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Tuesday.