Tag: interior department

Ocean energy bureau gets new director

Abigail Hopper, a Maryland energy regulator and veteran of fights over offshore wind farms, will be the top federal official in charge of oil and gas drilling along the nation’s coastlines.  More »

Congress blocks sage grouse protections, but work goes on

President Barack Obama signed a $1.1 trillion spending bill late Tuesday with a provision that barred money from being spent on rules to protect the chicken-sized bird and three related types of grouse.  More »

Blowout preventer rule gets White House vetting

Federal regulators are advancing rules meant to boost the reliability of blowout preventers used to safeguard offshore wells.  More »

Congress set to renew drilling permit program

A program accelerating government processing of drilling permits on federal land could get new life if Congress passes a sweeping defense authorization bill next week.  More »

Feds announce largest-ever competitive lease sale for offshore wind

The feds will allow a dozen developers to bid on access to more than 742,000 acres off the coast of Massachusetts.  More »

Feds declare Gunnison Sage-Grouse ‘threatened’

The Obama administration on Wednesday formally declared the Gunnison Sage-Grouse a “threatened” species, in effect ruling that years of efforts to protect the showy bird and its Colorado habitat weren’t good enough to ensure its long-term survival.  More »

In final hours, Coloradans work to avert ‘threatened’ ruling on bird

State and local officials are pleading with the Fish and Wildlife Service to decide an Endangered Species Act listing is “not warranted” for the bird, ahead of a court-mandated Nov. 12 deadline.  More »

Feds up Arctic oil estimates to satisfy court

The Obama administration is quadrupling its estimate of how much crude could be harvested from Arctic drilling leases it sold oil companies six years ago. Regulators also think there is a 75 percent chance of at least one large spill occurring in the area.  More »

Feds set ground rules for ConocoPhillips project in Alaska

ConocoPhillips’ plans for the first oil production facilities from federal lands in Alaska moved one step closer to reality on Wednesday, as the Interior Department released a critical environmental study on the project.  More »

Shell seeks five more years for Arctic oil-drilling drive

Shell, which has spent eight years and $6 billion to explore the Arctic’s Beaufort and Chukchi seas, said in letter to the Interior Department that “prudent” exploration before leases expire is now “severely challenged.”  More »

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 »
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