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 »
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 »
Federal regulators are advancing rules meant to boost the reliability of blowout preventers used to safeguard offshore wells. More »
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.
The feds will allow a dozen developers to bid on access to more than 742,000 acres off the coast of Massachusetts. More »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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, 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 »
The EPA and the Interior Department are considering a combination of regulations that would rein in methane, a power heat-trapping greenhouse gas. More »
The Obama administration is moving ahead with plans to sell offshore drilling rights in the central Gulf of Mexico.
Federal land managers need to work harder to prevent oil companies from illegally burrowing into federal mineral estate, four House Democrats say. More »
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 »
Data from the Interior Department shows a huge uptick in methane being vented or burned as waste from wells on public lands. More »