Tag: Sally Jewell

3 West Coast governors oppose offshore drilling

The Interior Department is developing an updated plan for its Outer Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program, and the governors formally stated their opposition to the inclusion of any oil or gas lease sales off the coast as part of any new plan.  More »

Feds OK first-in-decades oil studies off East Coast

The Obama administration on Friday gave the oil industry the green light to use air guns and sonic sensors to search for possible oil and gas under Atlantic waters, overriding environmentalists concerned that the seismic research can harm whales and other marine life.  More »

Feds take first step toward new oil auctions

The Obama administration on Friday took the first step toward new offshore drilling sales three years from now, inviting the public to weigh in on what coastal acreage should be opened for oil and gas exploration.  More »

Feds launch planning for future offshore lease sales

The Obama administration is about to kick off the long process of deciding what offshore areas should be auctioned off for oil and gas drilling from 2017 to 2022.  More »

Feds work through millions of comments on fracking rules

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell says regulators are working through more than a million public comments before proposing rules governing hydraulic fracturing on federal land.  More »

Offshore drilling regulator moves up at Interior

Tommy Beaudreau, the Obama administration official who oversees offshore oil leasing and helped shake up federal agencies after the Deepwater Horizon disaster, is now joining Interior Secretary Sally Jewell’s inner circle.  More »

Oil companies bid big bucks for Gulf drilling rights

Oil and gas companies pledged hundreds of millions of dollars for drilling rights in the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday, during a high-stakes auction that demonstrated their enthusiasm for offshore development and marked BP’s return to the bidding after a suspension related to the Gulf oil spill.  More »

Fewer firms submit bids in offshore Gulf auction

Forty-two oil and gas companies will make plays for new Gulf of Mexico territory on Wednesday, in a closely watched, high-stakes auction of U.S. drilling rights that is viewed as a test of the industry’s appetite for offshore projects despite a drilling boom that is unfolding mostly on land.  More »

Feds nab $14.2 billion from energy development

The federal government collected a near-record haul in fees and royalty payments from oil and gas drilling on public lands and U.S. waters during the last fiscal year, the Interior Department announced Tuesday. All told, the federal government collected $14.2 billion from the activity; Texas’ share was $17 million.  More »

Federal hydraulic fracturing rules on uncertain timetable

The federal government is still wading through more than a million public comments filed on its plan to tighten standards for drilling on public lands, with “no date certain” for finalizing those mandates, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Thursday.  More »

Environmentalists threaten lawsuit as drilling continues despite shutdown

Despite the government shutdown, existing oil and gas wells can keep flowing and drilling work can keep going too. The result, says the Center for Biological Diversity, is a jarring situation where oil companies can keep treading on public lands, even as other visitors are barred from the territory.  More »

Government shutdown would stop some oil permitting

The government will stop permitting oil and gas projects on public lands — but not offshore — if lawmakers do not reach a deal to continue funding the federal government by Tuesday.  More »
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