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Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Friday that companies can continue to mine coal reserves already under lease.
The Interior Department announced it was canceling government auctions of drilling rights in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas, previously scheduled for 2016 and 2017 respectively. At the same time, it formally rejected bids by Statoil and Shell for more time to search for crude under their existing Arctic leases.
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management plans outline measures to help sage grouse across 67 million acres of public lands throughout the West, including 12 million acres of prime habitat where strict limits on oil and gas limits will be enforced.
A plan to curb natural gas venting and flaring at wells on public land is now being scrutinized in an interagency review process, teeing the proposal up for possible release later this year.
Venting valuable natural gas into the atmosphere is a “crazy” practice, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Tuesday.
With a deadline of September to decide if the chicken-sized bird is endangered, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell will unveil ways the Bureau of Land Management plans to conserve the habitat. More than half of the grouse’s range is on federal land spread across 11 states.
Shell moved one step closer to resuming its $6 billion quest for crude in the Arctic on Monday, with the Obama administration’s approval of its broad plan for exploratory oil drilling in the Chukchi Sea north of Alaska.
The new reality of oil, was the biggest topic, and the executives who took the stage focused on detailing how their companies would survive.
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell will go before a crowd of wary energy industry executives Monday to make the case that federal regulations are essential to reassure a worried public.