Tag: Sally Jewell

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 »

Obama administration names new offshore drilling regulator

The Obama administration is once again tapping a Coast Guard veteran to be the nation’s next chief offshore drilling regulator. Former Coast Guard Vice Adm. Brian Salerno will take over as director of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement later this month, succeeding James Watson in the role.  More »

Top regulator commends efforts to cut pollution in booming Bakken

During a trip to survey booming oil development in North Dakota on Tuesday and Wednesday, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said she saw evidence energy companies are working aggressively to pare greenhouse gas emissions ahead of federal regulations on the practice.  More »

Interior chief defends Obama’s plan to stiffen drilling rules

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Wednesday defended the Obama administration’s plans to stiffen requirements for oil and gas wells drilled on federal lands, saying it was important to establish baseline standards that apply nationwide.  More »

Alaska pushing new plan for ANWR oil research

Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell on Tuesday escalated his fight with the Obama administration over potential oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, by formally submitting a plan to conduct seismic research in the region.  More »
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