Tag: Sally Jewell

Feds weighing Shell bid for more time in Arctic

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said the Obama administration will decide soon whether to yield to Shell’s request for an extension of its Arctic drilling leases. Statoil and ConocoPhillips have made parallel requests for leases that will begin expiring in 2019.  More »

Interior Secretary: Feds won’t overrule tougher state fracking regulations

At issue are proposed regulations from the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management that would govern the design and stimulation of wells on public lands.  More »

Feds release new Arctic drilling analysis

The move by the Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management responds to a federal court ruling against the environmental analysis underpinning that seven-year-old sale, and leaves open the possibility that Shell Oil Co. will resume drilling in the Chukchi Sea this summer.  More »

Industry presses feds to keep Atlantic drilling on the table

Oil industry advocates are imploring regulators to keep 14 proposed offshore lease sales on the books.  More »

California formally opens large solar plant

California has been steadily expanding its use of solar power to meet the state’s renewable energy standards, while testing the balance between wilderness conservation and the pursuit of green energy.  More »

EPA: Oil prices should be part of Keystone XL decision

In a letter to the State Department released Tuesday, the EPA said plummeting crude prices could make the proposed pipeline vital to Canadian oil sands developers.  More »

Obama budget would slash oil tax breaks while boosting renewables

In his $4 trillion budget request to Congress, Obama also says he wants to change the way money from offshore oil and gas production is shared with Gulf Coast states, by diverting more of those dollars to national programs with “broad” natural resource and conservation benefits.  More »

Offshore drilling plan targets Atlantic and Arctic waters

The Obama administration’s proposal for 10 auctions of drilling rights in the Gulf of Mexico, three targeting Arctic waters and one of Atlantic acreage is alienating both environmentalists and the oil industry.  More »

Utah gears up for lands fight as deadline passes

A Utah state report found that oil and gas leases would allow Utah to afford the $280 million annual cost of managing the land, but only if those prices remained high.  More »

Nevada congressman criticizes Jewell over grouse

President Barack Obama signed a $1.1 trillion spending bill last week with a provision that barred money from being spent on rules to protect the greater sage grouse and two other subspecies.  More »

Ocean energy bureau gets new director

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 »

Congress blocks sage grouse protections, but work goes on

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »
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