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A oil transit pipeline runs across the tundra on Alaska's North Slope. (AP Photo/Al Grillo, File)

Salazar signs management plan for Alaska reserve

A management plan for the vast National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska splits an Indiana-size area roughly in half between conservation areas and land available for petroleum development, and allows pipelines carrying oil or gas to be constructed through the reserve.
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Investigation of coal exports to Asia launched

The U.S. Department of Interior is investigating whether mining companies are skirting royalty rules as they increase exports of coal to Asia.
President Barack Obama and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell speaks at the White House. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Obama taps business exec for Interior Dept. secretary

In a move surprising Washington insiders, Pres. Obama picks Sally Jewell — the CEO of REI and a former Mobil Oil Corp. engineer — for Interior secretary.
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Western candidates top list of prospects to head Interior

Oil and gas industry say President Barack Obama should tap a new Interior Secretary who has deep experience dealing with energy development on public lands.
Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., and former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar discuss North Dakota's oil boom after visiting a rig drilling wells in the Bakken formation for Newfield Exploration Co. (Photo: Jennifer A. Dlouhy / Houston Chronicle)

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar leaving

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will leave his post in March with a mixed legacy on energy development, having approved the nation’s first major wind and solar installations on federal lands, but drawing fire from energy companies for “sluggish” permitting of oil and gas projects on U.S. property.
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Support grows for more offshore drilling oversight

A top Obama administration official joined engineers and environmentalists Thursday in calling for a federal safety institute dedicated to keeping pace with the offshore drilling industry as it moves into deeper waters and ever-more challenging frontiers.

Who should be the next energy secretary?

We need someone who can find a middle ground, who can allay some of the unfounded fears about fracking, promote public understanding of the energy opportunity we now face, yet also help the industry embrace better standards of transparency and safety.
A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew hoists crew members from the Shell's mobile drilling unit Kulluk in 15- to 20-foot seas 80 miles southwest of Kodiak City, Alaska on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012. (Photo: Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis)

Feds order Arctic drilling probe after rig accident

The federal government has opened a probe into the grounding of Shell’s Arctic drilling rig Kulluk, and investigation that could set back the company’s multibillion-dollar effort to explore in Alaska’s Chukchi and Beaufort seas.
Shell used the drillship Noble Discoverer for its 2012 drilling in the Chukchi Sea north of Alaska.  (Jennifer A. Dlouhy / The Houston Chronicle)

Interior launches broad probe of Shell’s Arctic drilling program

The Obama administration ordered a broad review of Shell’s Arctic drilling program on Tuesday, following a series of mishaps that culminated when the company’s Kulluk rig ran aground on New Year’s Eve. The move calls into question whether Shell Oil Co. will be allowed to continue its hunt for crude under the Chukchi and Beaufort seas north of Alaska, after spending $5 billion and more than six years on the quest.
A drill rig works at Prudhoe Bay on Alaska's North Slope. (AP Photo/ConocoPhillips Alaska Inc., Garth Hannum)

Administration says pipelines would be allowed in petroleum reserve

Advocates of Arctic oil exploration remain skeptical about a plan for managing wildlife and oil production in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska despite Interior Secretary Ken Salazar’s assurance Wednesday that the plan won’t prevent the construction of new pipelines there.