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August 06 2012


The Arctic Drilling Countdown

The interior secretary is on his way to Alaska, but Obama administration officials caution that this doesn't mean that permits are imminent for Shell.

July 24 2012


Interior Names Solar 'Hot Spots' Out West

The Interior Department will fast-track applications for large-scale solar energy installations at those sites in the hope of speeding installation of non-polluting electricity generation.
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March 28 2012


Interior Issues Draft Study on Atlantic Drilling

A draft study analyzes environmental risks related to geology, archaeological resources and marine habitats that would need to be minimized during exploration and development.

February 22 2012


Congressman Calls For Hearing Into Heartland Institute Payments to Federal Employee Indur Goklany


Representative Raúl M. Grijalva today called for a full Natural Resources Committee hearing to probe whether Indur Goklany, a Senior Advisor at the U.S. Interior Department, improperly received payments from the Heartland Institute while collecting a paycheck from U.S. taxpayers.

Rep. Grijalva, the ranking member of the House Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands, urged his fellow Congressmen to hold a hearing as early as next week to determine whether Goklany “received money he was promised by the Heartland Institute for writing a chapter in a book focused on climate policy in apparent violation of federal rules, among other issues.”

This is just the first of what should and will likely be many hearings into the facts revealed in the 'Denialgate' leaked Heartland Institute documents.

Heartland’s leaked 2012 Proposed Budget document indicates that it plans to pay Goklany $1,000 per month this year to write a chapter on "Economics and Policy" for a report by the Heartland-funded NIPCC.  Greenpeace notes in its letter to DOI Secretary Ken Salazar today that federal employees are warned not to take payments from outside organizations, particularly for "teaching, speaking and writing that relates to [their] official duties."

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January 20 2012


Administration Withdraws Interior Candidate

A nominee asks that she be withdrawn from consideration after Republicans object to comments she made about hydraulic fracturing, mountaintop removal coal mining and weak regulation of air and water quality.

January 17 2012


U.S. Bans Imports of 4 Invasive Snakes

The Interior Department acts after struggling for years to prevent nonnative constrictors from spreading and harming sensitive ecosystems.

January 06 2012


U.S. to Ban New Uranium Mining Near Grand Canyon

The Department of Interior plans to announce a 20-year moratorium on new mining claims in a million-acre buffer zone around the Grand Canyon.

November 14 2011


Coast Guard Admiral to Lead Drilling Safety Bureau

The Interior Department has named James A. Watson IV, a rear admiral in the Coast Guard who helped coordinate the response to BP's huge oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, to succeed Michael R. Bromwich as director of the department's Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement.

October 26 2011


Interior Backs Mining Limits in Grand Canyon

The federal government proposes to allow a small number of existing uranium and other hard rock mining operations in the region to continue while barring all new mining claims.

September 16 2011


Top Offshore Drilling Regulators Named

Two new agencies carved from one will be led by the former agency's chief, Michael R. Bromwich, and by a top deputy, Tommy P. Beaudreau.

July 25 2011


Volleys Fly in House Debate on E.P.A. and Interior

The fiercest debate over an appropriations bill seemed to center on 39 riders that would hobble the regulation of big polluters and prevent the Department of Interior from listing new endangered species.

House Opens Debate on E.P.A. Funding Bill

Democrats accuse Republicans of seeking to undermine landmark environmental protections under the guise of cost-cutting and helping the economy.

June 08 2011


A Voice From (and for) the Wilderness

Bruce Babbitt, who served as interior secretary in the Clinton administration, speaks out against moves by the Republican majority in the House to dismantle environmental protections. And he accuses President Obama of failing to push back.

June 03 2011


May 12 2011


House Passes Third Drilling Bill

May 12, 2011 Washington, D.C. — By a vote of 243-179 the House of Representatives passed a third drilling bill that aims to increase oil production in the Outer Continental Shelf, leaving southern California, all of the Atlantic Coast, Bristol Bay in Alaska and the Arctic Ocean vulnerable to a BP oil spill disaster. Sponsored [...]

May 03 2011


A Boon to Birds: Public Preserves

Wetlands conservation in particular is a saving grace for birds, a federal report says.

April 01 2011


March 29 2011


March 03 2011


Budget Hearings on the Hill (cont.)

An annual ritual allows the Obama administration to defend its spending priorities on energy and the environment and gives lawmakers a chance to challenge them.

February 28 2011


U.S. Issues Deepwater Drilling Permit

Approval of the new permit, for Nobel Energy, comes as oil prices are rising in response to unrest in the Middle East and North Africa and many in Congress and in industry are complaining of burdensome rules.
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