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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...