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  • U.S. Blocks Oil Drilling at 60 Sites in Utah

    10/08/2009 10:41:00 PM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies · 1,610+ views
    NY Times ^ | 10/08/09 | JOHN M. BRODER
    WASHINGTON — The Department of the Interior has frozen oil and gas development on 60 of 77 contested drilling sites in Utah, saying the process of leasing the land was rushed and badly flawed. The 77 government-owned parcels, covering some 100,000 acres in eastern and southern Utah, were leased in the last weeks of the Bush administration. But the leases were immediately challenged by conservation groups, and in January a federal judge blocked drilling on the ground that the Interior Department had failed to follow its own procedures for reviewing the appropriateness of lands designated for oil and gas extraction.
  • 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...
  • Former Interior Secretary Gale Norton is focus of corruption probe

    09/17/2009 12:19:53 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies · 743+ views
    L.A. Times ^ | 9/17/09 | Jim Tankersley and Josh Meyer
    The Justice Department investigation centers on a 2006 decision to award oil shale leases in Colorado to a Royal Dutch Shell subsidiary. Months later, the oil giant hired Norton as a legal counsel. Reporting from Washington - The Justice Department is investigating whether former Interior Secretary Gale A. Norton illegally used her position to benefit Royal Dutch Shell PLC, the company that later hired her, according to officials in federal law enforcement and the Interior Departmen The criminal investigation centers on the Interior Department's 2006 decision to award three lucrative oil shale leases on federal land in Colorado to a...
  • 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...
  • UPDATE: US Interior Secretary Proposes Solar Energy Zones (inside National Parks)

    06/29/2009 3:40:13 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 24 replies · 840+ views
    wall street journal ^ | 6/29/2009 | Ian Talley
    -Interior Department Secretary Ken Salazar on Monday announced measures he said would expedite solar energy projects on federal lands. Although hundreds of solar plant projects have applied for leases, none have been approved, and the fast-track effort was applauded by the industry. Salazar has made expanding renewable energy leasing on federal property a top priority, and the announcement should help to clear the bottlenecked permitting program. One of the key initiatives proposes solar energy zones on federal lands in the Western U.S. Other measures include opening new solar energy permitting offices and accelerating reviews of industry proposals. Environmental advocacy groups...
  • Interior staff's top seats in limbo (Sen. Bennett clashing with Salazar over drilling)

    04/25/2009 4:31:42 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 479+ views
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | April 20, 2009 | Thomas Burr
    The Interior Department's Web site links to a page highlighting key officials. It's blank. ... Part of the holdup stems from a clash with Utah's two senators [...]. ... "We have a lot of work to do and some of it is on hold simply because we don't have the personnel confirmed as of this point," Salazar said. ... Sen. Bob Bennett, for one, isn't sure he wants that team in place. Bennett has placed a hold on the nomination of David Hayes to be deputy secretary out of concern about Salazar's decision to pull back on 77 leases for...
  • Sensible Drilling: Gone With the Wind?

    04/11/2009 1:43:32 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 12 replies · 753+ views
    Barron's ^ | April 11, 2009 | Jim McTague
    Interior Secretary Ken Salazr, the Obama administration's energy architect, apparently thinks the answer to all our energy worries is blowing in the wind. Salazar has slammed the brakes on efforts to develop vast new gas and oil fields offshore and in his home state of Colorado. During the campaign, candidate Obama said he would drill to find oil offshore. But Salazar now says he needs six months to formulate a comprehensive offshore-energy plan and to have "an open and honest conversation" about it with the American people. Increasingly, Salazar sounds like a man bedeviled by the winds. In speeches he...
  • Knock knock!!

    04/10/2009 3:20:26 PM PDT · by djf · 90 replies · 2,597+ views
    OK so I'm making a pot of coffee and somebody knocks on my door. So I open it up, and here's this chubby dude who has a badge hanging aorund his neck and quickly says "US Census Bureau". He then uses the standard "Is this XXXX YYYY Street" or whatever, and I say no. Furiously using a little handheld of some sort, he asks me "What is the address here?". So without really thinking, I reeled off my address quick, but it's kinda long and convoluted, so he starts playin with his handheld and asks "Can I get that again?"...
  • 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...
  • 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 going Hollywood?

    02/08/2009 12:13:22 PM PST · by george76 · 15 replies · 667+ views
    DDN ^ | February 6, 2009 | Peter Marcus
    Colorado’s Ken Salazar is facing his first major backlash as Secretary of the Interior. A national civil rights group says Salazar is “going Hollywood on us” and caving into actor Robert Redford’s demands that American oil and gas leases in Utah be cancelled. He is also being accused of going counter to the spirit of economic stimulus by cancelling the leases. Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) says higher energy prices will result from the decision to scrap the leases of 77 parcels of land for oil and gas drilling in Utah’s Redrock country. The group believes low-income families feel the...
  • Interior secretary to clean up after oil-sex scandal

    01/28/2009 12:43:52 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 24 replies · 724+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 1/28/09 | Tom Doggett
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration will take action to clean up the Interior Department which was tarnished by sex, drug and gift-taking scandals between some employees and workers at energy companies they regulated, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said on Wednesday. Salazar told White House reporters that he will "make sure that scandals that have occurred in the past are properly dealt with and that the problems that we uncover are fixed so that they don't occur again." Salazar will travel on Thursday to the department's field office in Colorado -- the eye of the scandal storm -- to discuss...
  • New Rules On Right-To-Carry In Our National Parks Take Effect Today

    01/11/2009 6:12:37 AM PST · by epow · 3 replies · 658+ views
    NRA-ILA ^ | 1/11/09 | staff
    New Rules On Right-To-Carry In Our National Parks Take Effect Today Friday, January 09, 2009 In early December, the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), through the National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, announced the final amended version of a change to rules on carrying firearms in national parks and wildlife refuges. The change will restore the right of law-abiding gun owners to transport and carry concealed firearms for lawful purposes on most DOI lands, according to the laws of the states in which these public lands are located. The new rule, which takes effect today, allows...
  • Administration Moves to Protect Key Appointees: Shifted To Career Civil Service Jobs

    11/17/2008 11:02:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies · 1,095+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | November 18, 2008 | Juliet Eilperin and Carol D. Leonnig
    Just weeks before leaving office, the Interior Department's top lawyer has shifted half a dozen key deputies -- including two former political appointees who have been involved in controversial environmental decisions -- into senior civil service posts. The transfer of political appointees into permanent federal positions, called "burrowing" by career officials, creates security for those employees, and at least initially will deprive the incoming Obama administration of the chance to install its preferred appointees in some key jobs. Similar efforts are taking place at other agencies. Two political hires at the Labor Department have already secured career posts there, and...
  • The New Landlord

    11/15/2008 9:01:29 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 2 replies · 442+ views
    American Spectator ^ | November 14, 2008 | Bill Croke
    The United States Department of the Interior oversees 507 million acres -- mostly in the West -- of national parks, national monuments, wildlife refuges, Indian reservations, and rangelands. Through its Bureau of Reclamation, it maintains over 600 dams with reservoirs that provide water and hydropower to 30 million Westerners, and irrigates 60% of the vegetables grown in America. Almost 70% of the nation's oil and gas reserves are found on Bureau of Land Management administered lands, also under the purview of the Interior Department. ... Speaking of the green-sainted Babbitt, we may see a return to the bad old '90s,...
  • Alaska Found to Contain Another Kind of Exploitable Energy ( 85.4 Trillion Cu. Ft. Natural Gas )

    11/13/2008 5:24:20 AM PST · by kellynla · 38 replies · 1,436+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | Nov. 12, 2008 | ERIKA BOLSTAD
    Frozen crystals packed with concentrated natural gas and buried 2,000 feet below the permafrost on Alaska's North Slope could become the next major domestic energy source, according to an assessment released Wednesday by the U.S. Geological Survey. The study finds that in the North Slope, frozen methane-and-water crystals known as hydrates contain as much as 85.4 trillion cubic feet of recoverable natural gas. That's enough to heat 100 million homes for as long as 10 years, Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne said. New research into how to extract those resources has moved the possibility of recovering the usable energy from the...
  • U.S. takes early steps toward offshore drilling expansion

    11/12/2008 7:31:51 PM PST · by Red Steel · 7 replies · 577+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | November 12, 2008 | KRISTEN HAYS Houston Chronicle
    The Interior Department is seeking public comment on the possibility of selling oil and gas leases 50 miles or more from Virginia’s shore, an area that has been off limits along with most U.S. federal waters for more than 20 years. Randall Luthi, director of the Minerals Management Service, the agency that regulates offshore oil and gas activity, said today that the call for public comments as well as intent to submit statements on environmental impacts are the first steps in a “scoping process” for a lease sale tentatively scheduled for 2011. In July, President Bush lifted a presidential ban...
  • (Dept of) Interior employees accused in sex, gift scandal (Big Oil Involvement)

    09/11/2008 11:20:52 AM PDT · by lilylangtree · 14 replies · 273+ views
    AP ^ | 9-10-08 | DINA CAPPIELLO
    Government brokers responsible for collecting billions of dollars in federal oil royalties operated in a "culture of substance abuse and promiscuity" that included having sex with energy company employees, accepting lavish gifts and rigging contracts to favored firms, investigators said Wednesday. The alleged transgressions involve 13 former and current Interior Department employees in Denver and Washington. Their alleged improprieties include influencing contracts, working part-time as private oil consultants and having sexual relationships with — and accepting golf and ski trips, snowboarding lessons and concert tickets from — oil company employees, according to three reports released Wednesday by the Interior Department's...
  • (Rep.) Grijalva Concludes Bush Administration Works for Big Oil (sex,'s Bush's Fault)

    09/11/2008 8:51:43 AM PDT · by rightinthemiddle · 18 replies · 201+ views
    Washington, DC - Today, Representative Raul M. Grijalva, Chairman of the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands, issued the following statement after the Department of Interior General released a report regarding the alleged illicit behavior of federal employees of the Minerals Management Service. “The report released today is emblematic of the Bush Administration habit of working for the benefit of big oil companies and corporations and forgetting about the middle and working class in the country. “Instead of working hard to defend the interests of the American taxpayers, the Minerals Management Service under President Bush has a culture...
  • Alaska to Sue Over Polar Bear Listing

    08/05/2008 9:19:32 PM PDT · by Issaquahking · 21 replies · 148+ views
    August 4, 2008, Fairbanks, Alaska – Governor Sarah Palin announced today the State of Alaska has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia seeking to overturn U.S. Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne’s decision to list the polar bear as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. This action follows written notice given more than 60 days ago to Secretary Dirk Kempthorne of the Department of the Interior and Director Dale Hall of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service asking that the regulation listing the polar bear as threatened be withdrawn.“We believe that the Service’s decision to list...
  • 800 Billion Barrels of Recoverable Oil (Hey Obama, why pie-in-the-sky when we can have our cake?)

    08/04/2008 10:07:45 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 55 replies · 201+ views
    Dept. Of Interior ^ | 7/22/2008 | DOI
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management today published proposed regulations to establish a commercial oil shale program that could result in the addition of up to 800 billion barrels of recoverable oil from lands in the western United States. In keeping with the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920, the BLM is proposing regulations that would provide the critical “rules of the road” on which private investors will rely in determining whether to make future financial commitments to prospective oil shale projects. “As Americans pay more than $4...
  • White House Budget Director 'Should Be Muzzled,' Says Reid

    06/21/2008 12:26:36 PM PDT · by CutePuppy · 27 replies · 200+ views
    Cybercast News Service ^ | June 20, 2008 | Josiah Ryan and Fred Lucas
    White House Budget Director 'Should Be Muzzled,' Says ReidBy Josiah Ryan and Fred Lucas Staff Writers June 20, 2008 ( - White House Office of Management and Budget Director Jim Nussle "should be muzzled," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) told Cybercast News Service at a press conference in the Capitol on Thursday. Reid was asked by Cybercast News Service if he was worried President Bush might veto the Interior Department funding bill and then hold it hostage until Congress agreed to strip from it language that annually prohibits the department from issuing leases for offshore oil drilling. "He...
  • Bush Caves to Polar Bear Ploy

    05/15/2008 3:37:20 AM PDT · by fweingart · 39 replies · 80+ views
    Town Hall ^ | May 14, 2008 | Amanda Carpenter
    The Bush Administration named the polar bear to the “threatened species” list based on computer predictions of the anticipated loss of sea ice due to global warming Tuesday. “Computer models predict sea ice is likely to recede in the future,” said Department of Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne. “They [polar bears] are in my judgment likely to become endangered in the foreseeable future, in this case 45 years.” Kempthorne used a series of slides showing images of decrease polar sea ice while making his announcement. They are available here. The polar bear’s classification as “threatened” is a step below “endangered”—a classification...
  • Interior Department Removes Northern Rocky Mountain Wolves from Endangered Species List

    02/21/2008 12:28:17 PM PST · by girlangler · 7 replies · 169+ views
    U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service ^ | 2/21/08 | news release
    Interior Department Removes Northern Rocky Mountain Wolves from Endangered Species List Contacts Ed Bangs (406) 449-5225, x 204 Joan Jewett (503) 231-6211 Sharon Rose (303) 236-4580 Joshua Winchell (703) 358-2279 The gray wolf population in the Northern Rocky Mountains is thriving and no longer requires the protection of the Endangered Species Act, Deputy Secretary of the Interior Lynn Scarlett announced today. As a result, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will remove the species from the federal list of threatened and endangered species. "The wolf population in the Northern Rockies has far exceeded its recovery goal and continues to expand...
  • Iraqi Interior Ministry Celebrates Police Day

    01/11/2008 3:13:03 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 106+ views
    BAGHDAD, Jan. 11, 2008 – The Iraqi police were in the spotlight Jan. 9, as Iraq’s Interior Ministry highlighted the growing numbers and capabilities of its police forces during its 86th annual Police Day ceremony. Iraqi Police march during a Police Day ceremony in Baghdad, Jan. 9, 2008. Photo by Dave Karwoski  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. It was a day filled with celebrations, chanting and ceremonies to honor police across the country. “We must prohibit partisanship and sectarianism in the ranks of the employees of the ministry,” Interior Minister Jawad al-Bulani said at Baghdad Police College. “We...
  • 47 Senators sign letter on National Park carry!!!

    12/18/2007 2:36:28 AM PST · by P8riot · 58 replies · 385+ views
    VCDL Alert ^ | 12/17/2007 | Philip Van Cleave
    Pressure on the Department of the Interior (DOI) to change the rules in National Parks and National Wildlife Refuges to allow law-abiding gun owners to carry guns for self-defense has just increased dramatically! **Forty-seven** Senators have co-signed a letter from Senator Mike Crapo to Dirk Kempthorne, Secretary of the Department of the Interior (DOI) asking DOI to allow state law to determine if guns can be carried in National Parks and National Wildlife Refuges in that state! The letter (and a link to the PDF version of the letter) is below. Virginia Senator Jim Webb signed the letter. Senator John...
  • Defense Department Helps Eagle Soar Off Endangered List

    06/28/2007 4:33:10 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 284+ views
    WASHINGTON, June 28, 2007 – After almost disappearing from the American scene, the bald eagle’s comeback is complete, thanks in part to the Defense Department. Challenger, a bald eagle, takes flight during the Bald Eagle Recovery and Final Delisting ceremony held at the Jefferson Memorial, June 28, 2007, as Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne (right) stands with his hand over his heart. Defene Dept. photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Molly A. Burgess, USN  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne and other officials made the announcement today at a ceremonial event held at the Jefferson Memorial...
  • Former Bush Interior Secretary Takes Job As Attorney For Shell

    12/28/2006 11:11:18 AM PST · by FLOutdoorsman · 24 replies · 599+ views
    New West ^ | 27 Dec 2006 | Todd Wilkinson
    Gale Norton is back providing oversight of energy development issues on public lands in the American West, this time as a key legal advisor for a major global oil company. Months after she resigned her cabinet post as President Bush's Interior Secretary—and then seemed to disappear from public view—the Coloradan apparently has accepted an offer to serve as counsel for Royal Dutch Shell PLC. Shell, one of the world's largest producers of oil, was also one of the companies that Norton's Interior Department routinely engaged on matters of drilling in sensitive ecological settings. According to Dow Jones Market Watch, which...
  • Dept of Interior Blocking Conservative Blogs?

    10/11/2006 11:52:53 AM PDT · by FreedomNeocon · 25 replies · 1,110+ views
    Little Green Footballs ^ | 10-11-2006 | Little Green Footballs
    Baron Bodissey forwarded this email today; is the US Department of the Interior following the lead of Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, and blocking American anti-jihad sites? I’m a long-time reader, without ever actually commenting on anything. Yesterday the U.S. Department of the Interior (I work for the Mineral Management Service) installed blocking software on their entire network. Gates of Vienna is now blocked, as are all sites with a .blogspot URL. Also blocked are other conservative blogs, such as Wizbang. More than half the sites I check on a daily basis are now completely blocked. As of today, Little Green...
  • Eleven U.S. firms participating in ASG & DOI business mission (American Samoa)

    08/13/2006 1:12:34 AM PDT · by coconutt2000 · 1 replies · 457+ views
    Samoa News ^ | April 21, 2006 | Fili Sagapolutele
    Eleven U.S. firms - ranging from telecommunication to a major hotel operator - have signed up to participate in next month's business mission to American Samoa, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Interior. ASG and DOI's Office of Insular Affairs are banking on this business conference to attract new industries that would help diversify the local economy instead of only one major industry, the canneries. "ASG is prepared to work with anyone interested in setting up operations in American Samoa," a government official said early this week. DOI's deputy assistant secretary for Insular Area, Papali'i David B. Cohen cautioned American...
  • Interior worker charged in Abramoff probe

    06/30/2006 10:15:29 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 264+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/30/06 | AP
    WASHINGTON - An Interior Department employee is charged with filing a false financial report in a case arising from the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal. The misdemeanor charge, filed in federal court, says that Roger Stillwell, an employee of the Interior Department's insular affairs office, knowingly filed a false financial disclosure statement. Prosecutors say Stillwell failed to list gifts he received from a prohibited source. A Justice Department official confirmed that the charge is part of the Abramoff investigation. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the two-page document filed Tuesday by the Justice Department's public integrity section does not...
  • Park system officials face tough choices

    06/21/2006 4:34:34 AM PDT · by Brilliant · 25 replies · 427+ views
    AP via Yahoo! ^ | June 19, 2006 | RITA BEAMISH and FRANK BASS
    DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, Calif. - Once portals that lured gold-seeking pioneers, the black holes that dot the sun-baked mountainsides of this California desert haunt J.T. Reynolds. The Death Valley National Park superintendent fears tourists will tumble down the decrepit shafts or vanish into the rocky tunnels that abound in his park's famed Gold Rush-era mines and ghost towns. To make some 6,000 shafts and caves completely safe would take money that Reynolds does not have. "Most visitors do not realize that park resources have been under threat from deterioration, vandalism, neglect and rot for some time," Reynolds said. "We...
  • Kempthorne Confirmed As Interior Secretary

    05/27/2006 8:33:58 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 5 replies · 275+ views
    Chron ^ | may 26, 2006 | JOHN HEILPRIN
    The two-term Idaho governor and former Republican senator won approval on a voice vote after eight Democratic senators registered their opposition in an earlier test vote. Kempthorne told senators earlier this month he was eager to expand oil and gas development on public lands and waters that already are producing 30 percent of the nation's domestic supply of energy. President Bush said Kempthorne would work to effectively manage national parks, support historic and cultural sites and pursue energy development that would treat the environment responsibly. Kempthorne was sworn in Friday by White House chief of staff Joshua Bolten during a...
  • Democrats Seek Edge With Interior Nominee [Kempthorne]

    05/03/2006 1:01:25 PM PDT · by SmithL · 13 replies · 552+ views
    AP ^ | 5/3/6 | JOHN HEILPRIN
    WASHINGTON -- Idaho Gov. Dirk Kempthorne's nomination for interior secretary could run into trouble from Senate Democrats who want to use it as a bargaining chip to stop more oil and gas drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, or at least assure their states get a cut. Ahead of Thursday's hearing in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., said he would try to block Kempthorne unless Republicans back off their plan to open 3.6 million acres of the central Gulf to oil and gas drilling. Nelson, citing the potential for environmental damage, said Wednesday he...
  • Secretary Norton's Farewell Message to DOI

    04/03/2006 7:57:44 AM PDT · by kinsman redeemer · 219+ views
    Thank you all for five great years. I have the utmost respect for the outstanding team of dedicated employees in the Department of the Interior. I said that the day I arrived here as Secretary, because I had learned it during my previous tour of duty at Interior, in the Solicitor’s Office. That respect has continued growing ever since. My husband John Hughes has been my partner throughout the adventure of the past five years. And a fascinating adventure it has been. We both want to thank you for your friendship, your hospitality, your extra efforts, your patience. Most of...
  • Norton Names 12 To New Sporting Conservation Council;Will Advise Interior On Hunting, Wildlife...

    03/28/2006 1:11:56 PM PST · by neverdem · 15 replies · 612+ views
    U.S. Department of the Interior ^ | March 23, 2006 | NA
    Department of the Interior For Immediate Release: March 23, 2006 Contact: Hugh Vickery (202 )208-6416 Norton Names 12 To New Sporting Conservation Council; Will Advise Interior On Hunting, Wildlife Resource Issues (COLUMBUS, Ohio) -- Interior Secretary Gale A. Norton today announced the creation of a new Sporting Conservation Council that will advise the Department of the Interior on resource conservation issues of interest to the hunting community. Norton also named the initial members who will represent various parts of the community. The council will provide important input in the areas of habitat restoration and protection; the impact of energy development...
  • Geographic affirmative action

    03/21/2006 2:12:09 AM PST · by rellimpank · 3 replies · 291+ views
    Denver Post ^ | 21 Mar 06 | Ed Quillen
    The ink was barely dry on Gale Norton's resignation as secretary of the Interior when the talk began that Norton, who once served as attorney general of Colorado, would have to be replaced by another Westerner. Such sentiments were confirmed when President George W. Bush announced last week that he would nominate Dirk Kempthorne, governor of Idaho, to replace Norton.
  • Drudge: Idaho Gov. Dirk Kempthorne to be named Interior Secretary

    03/16/2006 1:49:36 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 66 replies · 2,406+ views
    Drudge Report ^ | March 16, 2006
    Idaho Gov. Dirk Kempthorne to be named Interior Secretary... Developing...
  • Interior Secretary Gail Norton Resigns

    03/10/2006 9:41:38 AM PST · by pabianice · 129 replies · 7,522+ views
    Fox News | 3/10/06
    No warning. Just resigned. No further details.
  • Lab Heats Particles Past Star's Interior (Z machine hits 2 billion degrees Kelvin)

    03/09/2006 8:44:23 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 44 replies · 1,073+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/9/06 | Sue Major Holmes - ap
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - A particle accelerator at Sandia National Laboratories has heated a swarm of charged particles to a record 2 billion degrees Kelvin, a temperature beyond that of a star's interior. Scientists working with Sandia's Z machine said the feat also revealed a new phenomenon that could eventually make future nuclear fusion power plants smaller and cheaper to operate than if the plants relied on previously known physics. "At first, we were disbelieving," said Chris Deeney, head of the project. "We repeated the experiment many times to make sure we had a true result and not an 'Oops'!" Sandia's...
  • Govt. Eyes Error That Cost U.S. Billions

    03/02/2006 11:29:07 AM PST · by soccer_maniac · 100 replies · 1,749+ views
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | March 2, 2006 | H. JOSEF HEBERT
    WASHINGTON - How it happened or who's responsible is a mystery eight years after the fact. But what may have been a simple error — or perhaps something more ominous — has given a multimillion-dollar windfall to a group of oil and gas companies and could cost the government billions of dollars more in the years to come. The Interior Department disclosed Wednesday that a provision was mysteriously deleted from hundreds of federal drilling leases in the late 1990s that would have required producers to pay royalties, once prices reached a certain level, on oil or gas taken from deep...
  • U.S. Reverses Accord and Opens 389,000 Acres in Alaska to Explore for Oil

    01/13/2006 2:23:05 AM PST · by Southack · 57 replies · 1,907+ views
    NY Times ^ | January 13, 2006 | FELICITY BARRINGER
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 12 - The Interior Department has decided to open 389,000 acres of Alaskan lakes, tundra and shoreline to oil exploration, reversing an eight-year-old compromise intended to protect the habitat of hundreds of thousands of migratory birds and the hunting grounds of Inupiat natives who live near the Beaufort Sea.
  • US Calls For Sacking Of Iraq's Interior Minister Over Sunni Prisoner Abuse

    12/16/2005 7:42:31 PM PST · by blam · 4 replies · 396+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 12-17-2005 | Jonathan Steele
    US calls for sacking of Iraq's interior minister over Sunni prisoner abuse Jonathan Steele Saturday December 17, 2005 The Guardian (UK) The US is pressing for the sacking of Bayan Jabr, Iraq's Shia interior minister, whose staff have been discovered to be torturing Sunni prisoners. With a strong Sunni role in Iraq's next government apparently secure after their high turnout in Thursday's election, US officials want to ensure that cabinet posts are no longer exploited for sectarian or partisan ends. Sunnis have long complained that the interior ministry is one of the worst offenders. Inspections of two detention centres on...
  • National Archives Indian Records Discarded

    09/21/2005 9:47:41 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 710+ views
    ap on Yahoo ^ | 9/21/05 | John Heilprin - ap
    WASHINGTON - Federal officials are investigating how National Archives documents of interest to Indians suing the Interior Department were found discarded in a trash bin and a wastebasket. The discovery came to light on Sept. 1, when Archives staff noticed federal records in one of the trash bins behind the National Archives Building near the Capitol. They notified the Archives' inspector general, Paul Brachfeld, whose staff recovered the documents. They found at least a portion of the documents were Bureau of Indian Affairs records dating to the 1950s, according to Jason Baron of the Archives' Office of General Counsel, in...
  • How About a Little More Domestic Oil Production? Write Gale Norton

    08/24/2005 5:27:06 PM PDT · by mission9 · 27 replies · 581+ views
    US Department of Interior ^ | 8-24-05 | Ranger
    The Interior Department’s Minerals Management Service today announced that it is seeking initial public comment on the development of its 2007-2012 five-year leasing plan for energy development on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) and accompanying environmental impact statement. The announcement is the first step in a two-year process to develop the leasing plan. It does not include proposals for new lease sales but instead asks the public for general information and comment not only on energy development but also on other economic and environmental issues in the OCS areas. “The Outer Continental Shelf contains billions of barrels of oil and...
  • WSJ: Kennedy on Roberts - The Supreme Court nominee is a threat to Medicare. /sarcasm

    07/25/2005 5:54:44 AM PDT · by OESY · 26 replies · 1,296+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 25, 2005 | Editorial
    In his two years on the appeals bench, Supreme Court nominee John Roberts has authored about 40 opinions, but it's a one-and-a-half page dissent that has Ted Kennedy fulminating. The Senator from Massachusetts is outraged about a Commerce Clause case called Rancho Viejo v. Norton, which, in the Kennedy legal interpretation, threatens "Social Security, Medicare, the minimum wage" and the environment. Is that all? In Rancho Viejo, a real-estate company challenged the Interior Department's application of the Endangered Species Act to halt a project that might disturb an endangered species known as the arroyo Southwestern toad, whose picture we publish...
  • France 'to expel radical imams'

    07/17/2005 6:46:29 PM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 32 replies · 1,551+ views
    BBC News ^ | Friday, 15 July, 2005
    French Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy has vowed to deport any Muslim cleric preaching violence. Speaking after meeting his Spanish counterpart in Madrid, Mr Sarkozy said he would seek the expulsion of imams in France "whose sermons are radical". Mr Sarkozy said France and Spain had agreed tougher joint measures against Islamic militancy. Two days ago, France reimposed border controls with its EU neighbours following the London bombings. Call for unity After meeting Spanish Interior Minister Jose Antonio Alonso, Mr Sarkozy told reporters radical preaching would no longer be tolerated in France. "The [French] republic is not a weak regime and...
  • Judge Orders Interior Dept. to Send Written Warnings About Its Credibility

    07/13/2005 8:48:35 AM PDT · by bookworm100 · 9 replies · 459+ views
    WASHINGTON POST ^ | July 13, 2005 | Evelyn Nieves
    In a scathing rebuke of the federal government's treatment of Native Americans, a federal judge yesterday ordered the Interior Department to include notices in its correspondence with Indians whose land the government holds in trust, warning them that the government's information may not be credible. U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth, who has presided for nearly 10 years over a class-action suit on behalf of 500,000 Indians whose land the government has leased to mining, ranching and timber interests, issued one of his most strongly worded opinions on the case. Lamberth ruled that the government essentially has to tell trust-account...