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  • Above The Law-Interior Secretary Ken Salazar disregards the rule of law

    07/19/2010 4:46:42 AM PDT · by SJackson · 14 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | 7-19-10 | Rich Trzupek
    America’s growing antipathy to the Obama administration and its liberal policies continues to befuddle the progressive rank and file. The inherent goodness of the new nanny-state that the president is creating is so readily apparent to liberals that they are sure that the ever swelling surge of anger directed toward big government must be about something more sinister; latent racism, corporate conspiracies and Fox News are the most popular villains. Progressives don’t appear able to comprehend that conservatives and a growing number of independents aren’t just upset about what is being done, it’s the how it’s being done part that...
  • Interior secretary to issue new drilling ban (Unfreakinbelievable)

    06/22/2010 6:13:28 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 201 replies · 8+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 6/22/2010 | nbc
    Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Tuesday he will issue a new order imposing a moratorium on deepwater drilling after a federal judge struck down the existing one. Salazar said in a statement that the new order will contain additional information making clear why the six-month drilling pause was necessary in the wake of the Gulf oil spill. The judge in New Orleans who struck down the moratorium earlier in the day complained there wasn't enough justification for it. Salazar pointed to indications of inadequate safety precautions by industry on deepwater wells. "Based on this ever-growing evidence, I will issue a...
  • ABCNEWS: While Oil Slick Spread, Interior Dept Chief of Staff Rafted with Wife

    Though his agency was charged with coordinating the federal response to the major oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Department of the Interior chief of staff Tom Strickland was in the Grand Canyon with his wife last week participating in activities that included white-water rafting, ABC News has learned. Other leaders of the Interior Department were focused on the Gulf, joined by other agencies and literally thousands of other employees. But Strickland’s participation in a trip that administration officials insisted was “work-focused” raised eyebrows among other Obama administration officials and even within even his own department, sources told ABC...

    04/30/2010 10:22:46 PM PDT · by Cedar · 122 replies · 3,043+ views
    Portland Press Herald ^ | May 1, 2010 | STEVEN MUFSON AND MICHAEL D. SHEAR
    Federal and state officials pushed oil giant BP to intensify its efforts to cap a leaking oil well in the Gulf of Mexico and to contain the slick that is threatening the shores and livelihoods of people in five states. As crude oil began to come ashore in Louisiana, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar met with the company's top executives and engineers and urged them to "work harder and faster and smarter to get the job done," he said. "We cannot rest and we will not rest until BP permanently seals the wellhead and until they clean up every drop of...
  • Virginia senators slam delay in offshore drilling

    01/27/2010 9:49:22 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 330+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 1/27/10 | Tom Doggett
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Virginia's two U.S. senators on Wednesday urged the Obama administration to carry out a previous plan to lease almost 3 million acres (1.2 million hectares) in federal waters off the state's coastline to oil and natural gas companies. The lawmakers said in a letter to U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar that recent comments by a department official that the Virginia lease sale originally planned for late 2011 would be delayed until 2012 at the earliest are frustrating given that drilling creates jobs and needed energy supplies. The offshore Virginia area that would be leased may hold 130...
  • Fish Vs. Farmers

    09/25/2009 5:23:02 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 34 replies · 2,148+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 25, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Delta smelts: Preferred over humans. Environmentalism: Sen. Dianne Feinstein votes to deny water to California's drought-stricken San Joaquin Valley. Farmers, families and food are being held hostage to an endangered fish called the delta smelt.There was a time when the San Joaquin Valley was the most productive agricultural region in the world. It was a large part of what made the Golden State golden.Now it's a place where farmers no longer farm, but instead line up at food banks to feed the families of those who once fed the rest of the country and a good chunk of the...
  • Interior Dept. gets ready for global warming

    09/14/2009 3:32:57 PM PDT · by Nachum · 28 replies · 1,004+ views
    Breitbart ^ | 9/14/09 | ap
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Interior Secretary Ken Salazar moved Monday to prepare the nation's parks, refuges and endangered species for the onslaught of global warming. Salazar signed an order setting up a Climate Change Response Council and eight regional response centers to study and respond to such issues as rising sea levels threatening to swamp historic structures and warmer temperatures shifting where wildlife live. The order also commits the Interior Department to develop a plan to reduce its own greenhouse gas emissions, including setting a firm target.
  • Limits on Logging Are Reinstated

    07/16/2009 5:20:48 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 12 replies · 546+ views
    New York Times ^ | July 16, 2009 | Felicity Barringer
    In a move to protect endangered species, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced Thursday that his department had reversed a Bush administration decision to double the amount of logging allowed in and around old-growth forests in western Oregon. Veering between swipes at “indefensible” moves by the Bush administration and pledges to step up noncontroversial timber sales, Mr. Salazar said in a conference call with reporters that he was reinstating a compromise reached 15 years ago to limit logging with the goal of protecting watersheds, trout and salmon fisheries and endangered birds like the northern spotted owl. “Today we are taking action...
  • Interior secretary: Mining reform a top priority

    07/14/2009 3:11:53 PM PDT · by george76 · 22 replies · 991+ views
    Associated Press ^ | July 14, 2009 | JOAN LOWY, Associated Press
    The Obama administration will make reforming the nation's 137-year-old hardrock mining law a top priority despite a full plate of higher profile issues, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Tuesday. Salazar told a Senate committee considering reform legislation that "it is time to ensure a fair return to the public for mining activities that occur on public lands and to address the cleanup of abandoned mines." The General Mining Act of 1872, which gives mining preference over other uses on much of the nation's public lands, has left a legacy of hundreds of thousands of abandoned mines that are polluting rivers...
  • U.S. Gov't Backs Off Seizure Plan, Says Flight 93 Landowners 'Will Be Treated Fairly'

    06/05/2009 11:33:22 AM PDT · by AbeKrieger · 71 replies · 5,683+ views ^ | 6/5/2009 | General
    SOMERSET, Pa. -- Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says the U.S. government will not use eminent domain to seize people's land for a permanent Flight 93 memorial and instead will renew negotiations with landowners near the terrorist crash site in Somerset County. U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pa., and Salazar met with families of victims and landowners on Friday in Shanksville to discuss issues surrounding the planned national memorial for victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, fatal hijacking. Specter's office said Friday's meeting also focused on what still needs to be done for the memorial to be complete in time for the...
  • No Appeal of Court Ruling on Guns in Parks

    04/18/2009 8:10:53 PM PDT · by neverdem · 42 replies · 1,718+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 18, 2009 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says it will not appeal a court ruling that prohibits carrying loaded guns in national parks and wildlife refuges. Last month, Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly of Federal District Court here struck down the policy allowing guns in parks. She called the rule, issued in the last days of the Bush administration, severely flawed and said officials had failed to evaluate its possible environmental impact, as required. She set a deadline of Monday for the Interior Department to indicate its likely response...
  • US will not challenge gun ban in national parks

    04/17/2009 4:38:01 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 26 replies · 910+ views
    Associated Press ^ | April 17, 2009 | MATTHEW DALY
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says it will not appeal a federal court ruling that prohibits carrying loaded guns in national parks and wildlife refuges. Instead, the Interior Department says it will conduct a full environmental review of an earlier policy that allowed concealed, loaded guns in parks and refuges.
  • Salazar: Eastern wind could replace coal for power (estimated number of windmills unknown)

    04/06/2009 1:48:41 PM PDT · by maggief · 59 replies · 1,600+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 4/06/09 | WAYNE PARRY
    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – Windmills off the East Coast could generate enough electricity to replace most, if not all, the coal-fired power plants in the United States, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Monday. (snip) Salazar could not estimate how many windmills might be needed to generate 1 million megawatts of power, saying it would depend on their size and how far from the coast they were located. (snip)
  • Obama won't defend Bush's spotted owl cuts

    04/01/2009 11:31:05 AM PDT · by pissant · 4 replies · 853+ views
    SJ Merc News ^ | 4/1/09 | Jeff Barnyard
    GRANTS PASS, Ore.—The Obama administration has notified a federal court that it will not defend the Bush administration's decision to cut back protections for the northern spotted owl. In a motion filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., lawyers for the Department of Interior said they based the decision on an inspector general's report finding political interference in owl protections by a former deputy assistant Interior secretary, Julie MacDonald. If the spotted owl measures developed by the Bush administration are withdrawn, it would become difficult for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to go forward with plans to...
  • Judge blocks Bush concealed weapon rule

    03/19/2009 5:07:45 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 37 replies · 1,994+ views
    marketwatch ^ | 3/19/2009 | Staff
    WASHINGTON, Mar 19, 2009 (UPI via COMTEX) -- A federal judge in Washington Thursday blocked enforcement of a Bush administration rule allowing people to carry loaded concealed weapons in national parks. The rule, filed toward the end of former President George W. Bush's second term, reversed a 25-year-old U.S. Department of the Interior policy requiring that guns be kept unloaded, dismantled or locked up in national parks, except in areas designated for hunting and target practice.
  • Salazar will review (Oil and Gas) leasing in Chukchi Sea, Bristol Bay (Pushes for wind energy)

    03/13/2009 12:49:26 PM PDT · by SolidWood · 3 replies · 323+ views
    AP via ADN ^ | March 13th, 2009 | DINA CAPPIELLO and H. JOSEF HEBERT
    WASHINGTON -- Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said this week that the waters off the Atlantic coast hold some of the country's greatest wind energy potential, and he promised to move aggressively to develop plans to exploit the resource. In an interview with The Associated Press, Salazar also said he wants to review objections to oil and gas leasing in Alaska's Bristol Bay and the Chukchi Sea, where environmentalists argue that the threat to fisheries and polar bears has not been adequately examined, and off Virginia, where the governor has raised concerns.
  • Salazar schedules four regional public meetings on OCS during April

    03/13/2009 1:09:18 PM PDT · by thackney · 1 replies · 219+ views
    Oil & Gas Journal ^ | March 13, 2009 | Nick Snow
    Salazar schedules four regional public meetings on OCS during April Four regional public meetings will be held during April to discuss US Outer Continental Shelf energy resources and their potential development impacts, US Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced on March 11. The meetings are scheduled for April 6 in Atlantic City, NJ; April 8 in New Orleans; April 14 in Anchorage, and April 16 in San Francisco. Salazar originally announced on Feb. 10 that they would be held as part of his strategy to develop a more comprehensive five-year OCS plan which would include renewable and alternative resources and more...
  • Salazar urged to not delay upcoming OCS lease sale

    03/07/2009 6:22:33 PM PST · by thackney · 13 replies · 796+ views
    Oil & Gas Journal ^ | Mar. 6, 2009 | Nick Snow
    Fifteen US House Republicans asked US Interior Secretary Ken Salazar in a Mar. 5 letter not to delay a Gulf of Mexico oil and gas lease sale that is scheduled for Mar. 18. "Later this month, the Department of the Interior will conduct a lease sale in what is believed to be one of America's best untapped areas, the 181 South Area of the Gulf of Mexico," said Doc Hastings (R-Wash.), ranking minority member of the House Natural Resources Committee. "Today, I lead a number of my colleagues in sending a letter to Secretary Salazar stressing the importance of moving...
  • McCain Threatens to Oppose Interior Nominee Over Reagan Remark [but not Bush remark]

    03/12/2009 3:12:03 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 9 replies · 729+ views
    Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain today denounced as “highly offensive” remarks about Ronald Reagan made by President Barack Obama’s nominee for the number two spot at the Department of the Interior. At a nomination hearing for David Hayes for deputy secretary of Interior, the former Republican presidential candidate read aloud from an article that Hayes wrote in April 2006 which drew unfavorable comparisons between former President George W. Bush and Reagan.
  • BLM to decommission roads, trails along Rogue ( Oregon )

    03/01/2009 10:53:42 PM PST · by george76 · 30 replies · 1,152+ views
    Mail Tribune ^ | February 26, 2009 | Paul Fattig
    GRANTS PASS — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management plans to decommission up to 20 miles of roads and about the same amount of trails this year along the Hellgate recreation section of the Rogue River. The work would be done as part of the Rogue River Corridor Restoration Project that begins at White Horse Park where the Applegate River pours into the Rogue. The project reaches downstream some 20 river miles to the mouth of Grave Creek in the Rogue National Wild and Scenic River Corridor. "The main intent is decommissioning roads and trails within the river corridor, all...