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Obama administration halts new coal leases on federal land

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Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Friday that companies can continue to mine coal reserves already under lease.
A worker uses a headset and microphone to communicate with coworkers over the din of pump trucks, at the site of a natural gas hydraulic fracturing and extraction operation run by the Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc., outside Rifle, in western Colorado. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Judge puts on hold lawsuit over energy lease on sacred land

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The Interior Department last month said it plans to cancel the 6,200-acre lease. It was granted in 1982 on land considered sacred to the Blackfoot tribes of the U.S. and Canada.
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Energy revenue from federal lands dips $3.5 billion

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Lower oil prices this year have pared back the royalty revenue that government treasuries and Native American tribes get for production on federal land.
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

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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

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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

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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.
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Obama administration closes off two avenues for new Arctic drilling

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

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

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

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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.