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  • Trump Shuns Sarah Palin, Picks Cathy McMorris Rodgers For Interior Secretary

    12/09/2016 11:54:54 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 145 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 12/09/2016
    In what is being touted as further diversification of the president-elect administration, Donald Trump is expected to name Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) to lead the Interior Department, according to reports. McMorris Rodgers gets the nod ahead of Sarah Palin and Harold Hamm.The candidates mentioned for the Interior Secretary were...  * Sarah Palin, former Alaska governor, 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee* Jan Brewer, former Republican Arizona governor* Forrest Lucas, founder of oil products company Lucas Oil* Harold Hamm, Oklahoma oil and gas mogul, chief executive of Continental Resources Inc* Robert Grady, venture capitalist, partner in private equity firm Gryphon...
  • President-Elect Trump Chooses His Secretary Of The Interior

    According to reports, President-elect Donald Trump will tap Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers to serve as United States Secretary of the Interior. McMorris Rodgers currently represents Washington's 5th Congressional district. Before serving in the U.S. congress, McMorris Rodgers was a member of the Washington House of Representatives, serving as minority leader. McMorris Rodgers is currently the highest ranking Republican woman in congress.
  • Oklahoma's Fallin Is Leading Candidate For Interior Secretary

    11/29/2016 5:44:06 PM PST · by Helicondelta · 23 replies
    politico.com ^ | 29 Nov 2016 | Andrew Restuccia
    Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin is emerging as President-elect Donald Trump's leading contender for interior secretary, three people close to Trump's transition team told POLITICO. An advocate of oil and gas development, Fallin signed a bill last year that would prevent Oklahoma cites from enacting bans on drilling. Fallin is a staunch critic of the Obama administration's climate change regulations for power plants. She signed an executive order last year saying that her state will not comply with the rules.
  • Trump's Interior Secretary

    11/19/2016 7:30:21 PM PST · by ShivaFan · 46 replies
    Opinion | 19 Nov 2016 | ShivaFan
    The Interior Department manages the nation’s public lands and waters. Here is the "short list" and I would love to see Jan Brewer get the spot, but honestly just to slap the face of the MSM my choice would be Sarah Palin just to get the goat of the libtards so we can drill baby drill. Who is your choice? Jan Brewer Former Arizona governor Robert E. Grady Gryphon Investors partner Harold G. Hamm Chief executive of Continental Resources, an oil and gas company Forrest Lucas President of Lucas Oil Products, which manufactures automotive lubricants, additives and greases Sarah Palin...
  • Doanld J. Trump May Hand Sarah Palin The Keys to Nation’s Public Lands, Wildlife

    11/14/2016 2:16:41 PM PST · by drewh · 239 replies
    ewg.org/enviroblog ^ | Monday, November 14, 2016 | By Alex Formuzis, Sr VP Communications and Strategic Campaigns
    "Drill, baby, drill!” During her bid for vice president in 2008, that was Sarah Palin's crowd-pleasing chant promoting her energy policy. Now the pithy catchphrase – and the former Alaska governor herself – could make a comeback. News reports say Palin is on President-elect Donald Trump's short list to head the Interior Department. As secretary of the interior, she'd be in charge of overseeing oil drilling, uranium mining and other energy extraction on 500 million acres of public land, including iconic national parks like the Grand Canyon. The pro-mining policies Trump and Palin could be expected to bring to Interior...
  • Someone In Trump-Land Just Leaked a List of Cabinet Positions--And "Secretary" Sarah Palin Is On It

    11/11/2016 11:50:56 AM PST · by GeorgiaDawg32 · 93 replies
    Independent Journal Review ^ | 11/10/2016 | victoria taft
    On the day before President-elect Donald Trump came to Washington, D.C., to meet with President Obama, a list of the names of possible Trump cabinet choices and other key jobs was leaked to reporters. This being Washington and all, the list of names is undoubtedly a way to vet these choices in the court of public opinion before spending any political capital defending them. And, revealing the list also creates a sort of buzz around the campaign.
  • Trump’s Transition Team Considers Sarah Palin For Possible Cabinet Spot

    11/10/2016 3:32:19 PM PST · by kevcol · 104 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | November 10, 2016 | Chris White
    President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team is seriously discussing the possibility of giving former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin a cabinet position, Politico reported Wednesday. The Trump campaign is floating the idea of tapping the former Alaskan governor as Trump’s interior secretary. Palin has made no secret about her interest in holding a position in a Trump administration.
  • Malkin: Stop Obama's War On Watchdogs

    10/20/2015 6:31:49 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 34 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | October 21, 2015 | Michelle Malkin
    In the sadistic era of fraudulent Hope and Change, inspectors general inside the federal government have been kicked, neutered and starved of the authority and information they need to do their jobs. It's transparently clear: President Obama loathes and fears independent watchdogs. Accountability is an empty talking point without whistleblower protection and investigative autonomy. That is why Capitol Hill must do everything in its power to stop the White House war on the public's ombudsmen. Federal inspector generals across dozens of agencies are begging lawmakers to grant them access to public records as guaranteed by the 1978 Inspector General Act....
  • Frac Industry Catches A Break, Judge Strikes Down Costly Regs

    10/02/2015 5:12:23 PM PDT · by Rabin · 4 replies
    Oilpro ^ | 10/2/15 | Jeff Reed
    A federal judge in Wyoming has issued an injunction against new Department of Interior regulations that tighten controls over hydraulic fracturing on federal lands. The move grants some of relief to producers who would have confronted higher costs at a time when oil prices are already hitting their profits, curbing activity, and reducing headcounts....
  • [Sen. Rand] Paul meets rancher Cliven Bundy

    06/30/2015 9:04:20 AM PDT · by Plummz · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 30, 2015, 08:35 am | Jesse Byrnes
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) met rancher Cliven Bundy on Monday, along with several dozen supporters and land rights activists during a presidential campaign swing through Nevada. The Associated Press reported the two met at a stop northeast of Las Vegas, where Paul fielded questions on public land control, a major issue in the state, where much land is owned by the federal government. "I think almost all land use issues and animal issues, endangered species issues, ought to be handled at the state level," Paul told the AP. "I think that the government shouldn't interfere with state decisions, so if...
  • Cliven Bundy will be held accountable, Interior secretary says

    06/25/2015 10:51:27 PM PDT · by Nachum · 40 replies
    The Hill ^ | 6/25/15 | Timothy Cama
    Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy will be held accountable for the federal land grazing fees and penalties he owes, a top federal official said. Bundy became a national figure in April 2014 when he and scores of supporters got into an armed standoff with federal law enforcement officers over his cattle’s years of alleged unpaid grazing on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) property. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, whose department includes the BLM, says Bundy will eventually have to answer for what he owes the federal government, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. “Cliven Bundy has had multiple court orders to remove his...
  • U.S. Forest Service wants to charge $1,500 to take photos on federal wild lands

    09/24/2014 5:45:30 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 33 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | September 24, 2014 | Hunter Schwarz
    The U.S. Forest Service is finalizing plans to fine photographers who shoot on federal wild lands without a permit. Under the measure, still photography and commercial filming in Congress-designated wilderness areas would require a permit, and shoots would also have to be approved and meet certain criteria like not advertising any product or service and being educational. Permits would cost up to $1,500, even if someone was taking photos or video with their phone, and fines for shooting without a permit could be as high as $1,000, according to the Oregonian. A spokesman for the Forest Service did not immediately...
  • Supreme Court Turns Down Drakes Bay Point Reyes Oyster Farm Appeal

    06/30/2014 12:03:56 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 34 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Monday, Jun 30, 2014
    The Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal from a popular oyster farm in Northern California that is facing closure. The justices did not comment Monday in leaving in place lower court rulings against Drakes Bay Oyster Co. The company operates in the Point Reyes National Seashore. Then-Interior Secretary Ken Salazar declined to renew its lease when it expired in 2012. Salazar said the waters of Drakes Estero should be returned to wilderness status.
  • Senate confirms judge linked to Benghazi scandal

    05/02/2014 1:07:56 PM PDT · by kcvl · 30 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/01/2014 | Ramsey Cox
    The Senate confirmed four of President Obama’s executive and judicial nominees Thursday. Theodore Chuang and George Hazel will serve as U.S. district judges for Maryland. The Senate voted 53-42 on Chuang’s nomination and 95-0 on Hazel’s. Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said he couldn’t support Chuang’s nomination because he helped the Obama administration “stonewall” Congress on the investigation of the death of four Americans at the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya. “I can’t support his nomination because of the central role Mr. Chuang played in the administration’s efforts to stonewall an investigation into the situation in Benghazi,”...
  • Obama’s Interior Secretary to Dying Eskimos: “I’ve Listened to Your Stories, Now I Have to

    02/28/2014 5:11:23 PM PST · by lowbridge · 70 replies
    frontpagemag.com ^ | february 28, 2014 | daniel greenfield
    In one of Alaska’s most remote outposts, where a thousand hardy souls make their homes, the Obama administration has put the fate of birds and bears above the lives of people, blocking construction of an 11-mile gravel trail connecting a tiny fishing hamlet to a life-saving airport. King Cove has a clinic, but no hospital or doctor. Residents must fly 600 miles to Anchorage, via Cold Bay’s World War II airstrip, for most medical procedures including serious trauma cases and childbirth. Frequent gale-force winds and thick fog often delay or jeopardize medevac flights. According to local Aleutian elders, 19 people...
  • Obama to be a no-show at Gettysburg 150th anniversary ceremony

    10/31/2013 8:18:32 AM PDT · by markomalley · 108 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 10/31/2013 | Ben Wolfgang
    President Obama has declined an invitation to speak at next month’s ceremony marking the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. The event, slated for Nov. 19 at the Soldiers' National Cemetery in Gettysburg, instead will feature Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and renowned historian James McPherson as the keynote speakers, the Gettysburg National Military Park said in a press release. “President Obama will not attend and the Secretary of Interior will represent the administration,” the park pointed out in the first paragraph of its press release. It’s unclear why Mr. Obama, a noted admirer of President Lincoln, declined the...
  • Drakes Bay Oyster Co. Continues Fight Against Closure

    10/22/2013 3:34:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    SF Appeal ^ | Julie Cheever
    As promised, the Drakes Bay Oyster Co. appealed to an expanded panel of a federal appeals court in San Francisco today to allow it to keep operating at Point Reyes National Seashore. The oyster farm and owner Kevin Lunny asked an 11-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider a decision in which a smaller panel of the court ruled against the company by a 2 to 1 vote in September. In that ruling, the smaller panel upheld a federal trial judge’s denial of a preliminary injunction that would have allowed the oyster harvesting to continue...
  • Park Service adds website for teachers

    09/16/2013 11:21:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    A new website launched by the National Park Service gives Alaska teachers a new tool to engage students in classroom and place-based learning. The website nps.gov/teachers is a one-stop shop for curriculum-based lesson plans, traveling trunks, maps, activities, distance learning and other resources. Alaska’s national park-based curriculum and other teacher resources are substantial and varied, and include: • Distance Learning: Glacier Bay National Park’s “Visiting Glacier Bay” provides an opportunity for a virtual visit to this Southeast Alaska gem. 

 • Curriculum: Denali National Park’s “Denali Rocks!” focuses on geology and provides eight lessons matched to Alaska State Standards for...
  • Interior Secretary: We Benefit From ´Federal Gov´t Encouraging the Right Kinds of Behavior´

    08/14/2013 10:46:39 AM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies
    CNSnews ^ | 8/14/13 | Susan Jones
    The "new energy future" will require the federal government to encourage "the right kinds of behavior," Interior Secretary Sally Jewell told a clean energy summit in Nevada on Tuesday. "When you are getting into a new energy future, you really benefit from having the support of states -- and the federal government encouraging the right kinds of behavior and encouraging those incentives (for solar panel installation), she said. Jewell mentioned the "right" kind of behavior twice in her speech, without specifically saying what it means. But she did give some hints.
  • Interior Secretary: I don't want any climate-change deniers in my department

    08/12/2013 9:39:55 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 78 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 8-12-13 | Sean Higgens
    Buried in a lengthy Washington Post article about President Obama’s environmental policy is an illuminating anecdote about just how debatable the administration views climate change — namely, not at all: In an agency-wide address to employees Aug. 1, (Interior Secretary Sally) Jewell took the unusual step of suggesting that no one working for her should challenge the idea that human activity is driving recent warming. “I hope there are no climate-change deniers in the Department of Interior,” she said. The address does not appear to be posted on the department’s website, so the Washington Examiner can only go by the...
  • Senate votes 87-11 to confirm Sally Jewell as secretary of the Interior

    04/10/2013 3:21:46 PM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/10/13 | Ben Geman and Ramsey Cox
    The Senate approved Sally Jewell to be the next Interior Secretary on Wednesday, placing her atop an agency at the center of intense political battles over energy throughout President Obama’s tenure. Lawmakers voted 87-11 to approve Jewell to run the department that oversees conservation, recreation, oil-and-gas drilling and other uses on vast swaths of federal land. Eleven Republicans opposed her nomination. “Sally knows that business and environment both benefit when we are committed to protecting our national parks and national treasures,” Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) said. Jewell, who lives in Seattle, is the head of outdoor gear giant REI, Inc....
  • Obama's pick to head Dept of Interior gets the nod from environmentalists

    02/06/2013 3:13:47 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 2/6/13 | Michael Bastasch
    Environmentalists have cheered the decision by the Obama administration to tap Recreational Equipment Inc. CEO Sally Jewell as secretary of the interior, a position to be vacated by Ken Salazar. “In Jewell, President Obama chose a leader with a demonstrated commitment to preserving the higher purposes public lands hold for all Americans – recreation, adventure, and enjoyment,” Sierra Club executive director Michael Brune said in a statement. “Jewell’s unique experience and her love of America’s outdoors will be invaluable to the stewardship of the waters, lands and wildlife we’ve been entrusted to protect for our children,” said Frances Beinecke, president...
  • Gregoire on short list for Interior secretary

    01/17/2013 5:47:07 PM PST · by Baynative · 33 replies
    PDN ^ | 1/18/13 | AP
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, who oversaw a moratorium on offshore drilling after the BP oil spill and promoted alternative energy sources, announced he will step down in March — and on the short list as a possible replacement is outgoing Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire.
  • Interior secretary denies renewal of oyster company lease on national seashore in California

    11/29/2012 1:56:16 PM PST · by Perdogg · 34 replies
    An historic Northern California oyster farm along Point Reyes National Seashore will be shut down and the site converted to a wilderness area, U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced on Thursday. Salazar said he will not renew the Drakes Bay Oyster Co. lease that expires Friday. The move will bring a close to a yearslong environmental battle over the site.
  • No room at the Inn, or anywhere in park, for Interior Secretary (Ooops !)

    08/15/2012 9:56:07 PM PDT · by llevrok · 3 replies
    The News Tribune (Tacoma WA) ^ | 8/15/2012 | Jeff Mayor
    The decision apparently was made Friday that Interior Secretary Ken Salazar would arrive at Mount Rainier National Park Monday night and visit with park staff and community partners on Tuesday. Salazar was returning from Alaska and was next scheduled to be in Milwaukee today. So the decision was made to make a visit to Mount Rainier That left his advance planner scrambling to find a place for the secretary to spend the night. She found out, like so many other tourists, that find rooms at the last minute can be difficult at best. As Salazar explained to the crowd of...
  • Second Obama cabinet official faces contempt of Congress charge

    07/07/2012 9:37:17 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 34 replies
    Could a second Obama cabinet member be found in contempt of Congress? The possibility arose on Friday when House investigators escalated their efforts to make Interior Secretary Ken Salazar comply with a subpoena pertaining to the drilling moratorium that he imposed after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. After the spill, Salazar had released a report recommending a moratorium — a report protested by the very group of experts that it cited, who said their opinions were misrepresented in order to justify the moratorium. “For more than three months, the [Interior] Department has flouted a duly authorized and issued Congressional subpoena...
  • Interior secretary: State fracking oversight just isn’t good enough for me

    06/26/2012 12:06:31 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/26/2012 | Erika Johnsen
    There are few things that can make me quite as outrageously perturbed as the unmitigated gall of a big-government bureaucrat presuming that he knows better than everybody else. I often make the case that when it comes to energy-and-environment issues specifically, big government is an especially poor steward in which to place your environmental faith, as inefficiency and incomplete knowledge tend to compromise their many "well-meaning" activities and instead directly cause environmental degradation. And hey, here's a perfect example of just the sort of infuriating, unadulterated baloney I'm talking about, straight from Obama’s Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on the administration's...
  • IG investigator says White House hindered probe of oil spill report

    05/08/2012 10:45:18 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 10 replies
    Politico44 ^ | 5/8/12 | DONOVAN SLACK
    An investigator for the Interior Department’s Inspector General claims the White House hindered an investigation into a report on the BP oil spill by blocking access to a key official and email records, the New Orleans Times-Picayune is reporting. The investigator was trying to determine whether the White House intentionally edited the report to create the false impression that outside experts supported the administration's call for a moratorium on offshore drilling. The White House had said the editing was a mistake, and the Inspector General’s final report concluded it was. But the investigator, in a series of emails obtained by...
  • US to issue sweeping fracking rules on federal land

    05/04/2012 8:51:57 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 11 replies
    My Fox NY ^ | May 4, 2012 | The Wall Street Journal
    The Obama administration will soon issue sweeping new environmental safety rules for hydraulic fracturing on federal land, setting a new standard that natural gas wells on all lands eventually could follow. The rules, which are likely to be unveiled by the Interior Department within days, are designed to address concerns that the method of extracting natural gas known as "fracking" can contaminate groundwater. Among other things, they create new guidelines for constructing wells and treating waste water, according to a draft of the proposed rules reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. ~~snip~~The fracking rules apply to natural gas drilling on...
  • Interior Secretary: ‘Not Even Harry Potter’ Can Bring Down Gas Prices

    04/24/2012 4:03:34 PM PDT · by Nachum · 25 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 4/24/12 | Matt Cover
    “Not even Harry Potter” can bring down rising gas prices and nobody knows when they will stop rising, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Tuesday. “No-one has the ability – not even Harry Potter – to simply wave a magic wand and say that we’re going to have gas prices at $2 or $2.50 or $3. It just doesn’t work that way,” said Salazar, whose department controls oil and gas drilling on federal lands. The comments came after a speech at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on energy issues. Salazar said prices were set by “global economics.”
  • US bans new mining claims near Grand Canyon

    01/09/2012 10:38:36 AM PST · by Hunton Peck · 20 replies · 2+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 9, 2012, 1:01 PM EST | MATTHEW DALY
    The Obama administration announced a federal ban Monday on new mining claims affecting a million acres near the Grand Canyon, an area known to be rich in high-grade uranium ore reserves. In doing so, the administration brushed off pressure from congressional Republicans and mining industry figures who wanted a policy change. At an early afternoon event, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced a 20-year ban on new mining claims on public land surrounding the Grand Canyon. On two previous occasions the secretary had imposed temporary bans on new mining claims. On Monday, he said that while uranium remains an important part...
  • Shooters Heard: Interior Will Not Ban Target Practice

    11/18/2011 5:55:19 AM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    usnews.com ^ | 17 November, 2011 | NA
    Under fire from gun owners concerned about draft guidelines that could limit areas for target practice on western public lands, the Interior Department today said it would make sure shooters still have access to lands long available for firearms recreation. "Our goal is to leave lands open to shooting," said an Interior official for the Bureau of Land Management, which is drafting guidelines to deal with the growing clash between skittish urbanites moving to western wilderness areas and America's tradition of letting gun owners shoot targets on public lands. [Read: Obama Pushing Shooters Off Public Lands.] "We don't want to...
  • Ken Salazar urges more Latino-themed national parks, sites

    10/12/2011 10:20:05 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 24 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/11/11 | Ed O'Keefe
    With the nation’s Latino population booming and now the country’s largest minority group, the Obama administration’s top Hispanic official is concerned that the federal government is not giving enough attention to Hispanic history and culture. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar in the past year has pushed the National Park Service to identify more sites or properties related to the histories of women and minorities that could be added to the National Register of Historic Places or be preserved as national parks or historic landmarks.
  • Obama's Interior Chokehold on America (bureaucratic bottleneck in the Gulf cost economy $20B)

    09/27/2011 10:04:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/27/2011 | Jim Adams
    How could a bureaucratic bottleneck in the Gulf of Mexico cost the U.S. economy nearly $20 billion and wipe out hundreds of thousands of jobs as far away as Ohio, Pennsylvania and California? Unfortunately, with this White House administration, anything is possible. President Obama recently announced yet another jobs initiative -- knowing all the while that one very simple action on his part would indeed create new jobs, infuse federal and state budgets with billions of dollars, and make us less reliant on imports. But that didn't happen. On Oct. 12, 2010, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said, "We're open for...
  • Exxon, U.S. Government Duel Over Huge Oil Find

    08/18/2011 3:20:31 AM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 18 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 8/18/11 | R Gold
    Exxon Mobil Corp. is fighting with the U.S. government to keep control of one of its biggest oil discoveries ever, in a showdown where billions of dollars hang in the balance for both sides. The massive Gulf of Mexico discovery contains an estimated one billion barrels of recoverable oil, the company says. The Interior Department, which regulates offshore drilling, says Exxon's leases have expired and the company hasn't met the requirements for an extension. Exxon has sued to retain the leases. The court battle is playing out at a time in
  • Obama’s War on the West: Another judge rebukes job-killing rogue Interior Department

    08/14/2011 2:34:57 PM PDT · by opentalk · 8 replies
    Michelle Malkin ^ | August 13, 2011 | Michelle Malkin
    Since day one of the Obama administration, I’ve chronicled Loathsome Cowboy Ken Salazar’s War on the West, War on Jobs, and War on Science/ Rule of Law as head of the Interior Department. His eco-radical sidekick Carol Browner is gone, yet Salazar remains in place. Federal judge after federal judge has spanked Salazar and Obama’s job-destroying eco-nitwits for lawlessly and fraudulently imposing their junk-science drilling ban . Salazar spearheaded the pulling of scores of oil leases by invoking bogus eco-claims and has presided over an expansive land grab through administrative fiat. Yesterday, yet another federal judge smacked Obama/Salazar and the...
  • Federal judge throws out Obama drilling rules

    08/12/2011 5:48:53 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 43 replies
    Associated Press ^ | August 12, 2011 | MEAD GRUVER
    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) -- A judge on Friday threw out Obama administration rules that sought to slow down expedited environmental review of oil and gas drilling on federal land. U.S. District Judge Nancy Freudenthal ruled in favor of a petroleum industry group, the Western Energy Alliance, in its lawsuit against the federal government, including Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.
  • Administration (Again) Blames Oil Companies For Lack Of Drilling

    03/29/2011 3:40:12 PM PDT · by Slyscribe · 13 replies
    IBD's Capital Hill ^ | 3/29/2011 | Sean Higgins
    Earlier this month, Capital Hill predicted that a forthcoming Interior Department study would “prove” a favorite talking point of President Obama and other Democrats: One reason why gas prices are high is because oil companies are refusing to drill on land leased from the federal government. Well, the report is out and that is pretty much what it does.
  • US Interior to Act on Permits by March Deadline

    03/03/2011 7:13:18 PM PST · by Rabin · 2 replies
    Dow Jones Newswires ^ | Wednesday, March 02, 2011 | Ryan Tracy
    As Congress considers the Interior Department's funding levels, Salazar also said his department needs a larger budget to pick up the permitting pace. Without more funding, "we may never return to the pre-Macondo rate of permitting," Salazar said, referring to the spill at BP's Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico last year...
  • The Interior Department's Culture of Contempt

    02/04/2011 4:16:23 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 4, 2011 | Michelle Malkin
    Oops, they did it again. President Obama's grabby-handed environmental bureaucrats have earned yet another spanking from the federal judiciary over their "determined disregard" of the rule of law. Isn't it time to give these misbehaving government hooligans a permanent timeout? Federal judge Martin Feldman in Louisiana excoriated the Obama Interior Department Wednesday for defying his May 2010 order to lift its groundless ban on offshore oil and gas drilling in the Gulf. Nine months later, not a single permit has been issued. Several deepwater platforms have moved out of the area to take their businesses -- and an estimated 5,000...
  • Judge Holds Feds in Contempt in Texas-EPA Case

    02/03/2011 7:12:12 AM PST · by Bigun · 53 replies
    WTAW website ^ | February 3rd, 2011 | AP via WTAW
    The federal judge who struck down the Obama administration’s moratorium on deepwater drilling after the Gulf oil spill is holding the Interior Department in contempt of court.
  • Water, Water Everywhere…Except for California’s Farms

    01/19/2011 6:30:21 PM PST · by Congressman Tom McClintock · 31 replies
    Congressman Tom McClintock ^ | January 19, 2011 | Congressman Tom McClintock
    By Tom McClintock House Chamber, Washington, D.C. January 19, 2011 M. Speaker: The Department of Interior issued an announcement yesterday that perfectly illustrates the irrationality of our current approach to water issues. California’s precipitation this season has gone off the charts. Statewide snow water content is 198 percent of normal; in the all-important Northern Sierra snowpack is 174 percent of normal. This is not only a wet year – it is one of the wettest years on record. Yet yesterday, we have this announcement from the Department of the Interior: that despite a nearly unprecedented abundance of water, the Bureau...
  • Interior official declines to offer specific timeline for Gulf drilling

    01/19/2011 8:38:56 AM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/19/11 | Andrew Restuccia
    The Interior Department’s top drilling declined to give details on when the department will begin issuing new deepwater drilling permits for the Gulf of Mexico. “I don’t want to hazard a guess as to exactly when the first deepwater permits will be issued,” Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement Director Michael Bromwich said Wednesday. He added that he hopes new deepwater permits “will be approved before too long.” Bromwich said last week that he expects to begin issuing permits before the second half of the year. Asked by reporters for a more specific date, Bromwich
  • Interior allows some suspended drilling to resume

    01/03/2011 1:29:47 PM PST · by Nachum · 13 replies
    breitbart ^ | 1/3/11 | Associated Press, by Matthew Daly
    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration says 13 companies whose deepwater drilling activities were suspended last year may be able to resume drilling without detailed environmental reviews. Companies will be allowed to resume work at previously drilled wells, as long as they meet new policies and regulations. The director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement, Michael Bromwich, says the new policy will accommodate companies whose operations were interrupted by the administration's five-month moratorium on deepwater drilling, while ensuring that the companies can resume previously approved activities.
  • Oil industry slams Interior over expanded environmental reviews for offshore drilling

    08/16/2010 4:52:20 PM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    the hill ^ | 8/16/10 | Ben Geman
    The oil industry’s most powerful trade group quickly attacked the Interior Department’s new decision to greatly restrict waivers from detailed environmental review for offshore oil-and-gas projects, alleging the new requirements will delay drilling. “We’re concerned the change could add significantly to the department’s workload, stretching the timeline for approval of important energy development projects with no clear return in environmental protection,” said Erik Milito, upstream director of the American Petroleum Institute, in a statement Monday. Interior announced Monday that it is ending the use of “categorical exclusions” from environmental
  • Interior Dept. documents detail Obama admin plotting to seize Western lands without congressional

    08/12/2010 8:42:00 AM PDT · by Nachum · 33 replies
    washington examiner ^ | 8/12/10 | Mark Hemingway
    Back in February, a leaked memo from the Department of the Interior showed that the Obama administration was considering designating as many as 17 new national monuments throughout the West, effectively closing off huge swaths of land to development. That this was being done without the input of Congress or local authorities angered many. Now Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, Chairman of the Congressional Western Caucus and Ranking Member on the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands has uncovered 14 more pages from the document that were previously unavailable. The new pages show a federal bureaucracy...
  • Endangered Animal Horning In on Arizona Border Security

    07/14/2010 12:53:54 PM PDT · by Outside da Box · 20 replies · 2+ views
    Fox News ^ | 7/14/2010 | Judson Berger
    Concerns about a host of species for decades have prompted standoffs between border and environmental officials. Border officers have limited access to federal lands in some of the most heavily trafficked areas because of the harm the patrols could do to the environment. But pronghorn preservation is popping up more and more as a barrier to Border Patrol and catching the attention of some on Capitol Hill.
  • Memo Reveals Refuge Officers' Struggle to Secure Lands Along Southwest Border

    07/10/2010 11:45:56 AM PDT · by Outside da Box · 4 replies
    Fox News ^ | 7/9/2010 | Stephen Clark
    As the threat of violence stemming from illegal immigration hangs over federal lands in southern Arizona, an internal memo from 2007 reveals that refuge officers have been spending most of their time struggling to deal with border-related activities instead of protecting wildlife habitat.
  • Statement from the President on the National Broadband Plan

    03/17/2010 11:15:41 PM PDT · by Cindy · 31 replies · 587+ views
    Whitehouse.gov ^ | March 16, 2010 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/statement-president-national-broadband-plan Home • Briefing Room • Statements & Releases The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release March 16, 2010 Statement from the President on the National Broadband Plan America today is on the verge of a broadband-driven Internet era that will unleash innovation, create new jobs and industries, provide consumers with new powerful sources of information, enhance American safety and security, and connect communities in ways that strengthen our democracy. Just as past generations of Americans met the great infrastructure challenges of the day, such as building the Transcontinental...
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    06/22/2010 6:13:28 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 201 replies · 8+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 6/22/2010 | nbc
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