Tag: interior department

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 »

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 »
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