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  • Obama admin. sued by Colo. Gov. Hickenlooper over Gunnison sage grouse

    12/13/2014 10:21:56 AM PST · by jazusamo · 21 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 13, 2014 | Valerie Richardson
    DENVER — Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper made good Friday on his promise to sue the federal government over its hotly contested move to list the Gunnison sage grouse under the Endangered Species Act. The Colorado Attorney General’s office filed a notice of intent to sue with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and Fish and Wildlife Service director Daniel M. Ashe, arguing that the agency’s Nov. 12 decision to list the bird as threatened was flawed and failed to appreciate fully the impact of aggressive state and local conservation efforts. “The Service failed to use the best available science in its listing...
  • Interior Secretary Orders ‘Right Balance’ of Energy Development on Public Lands

    11/01/2013 9:13:22 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    CNSNews ^ | November 1, 2013 | Penny Starr
    (CNSNews.com) – Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Thursday announced a “mitigation strategy” for development projects, including natural gas and oil production, on public lands. It was her first formal “secretarial order” since taking the job. “Today we have an unprecedented opportunity – using science and technology to create a better understanding of landscapes than ever before – to advance important conservation goals and achieve our development objectives together,” Jewell said in a speech at the National Press Club. She said it’s a question of striking the “right balance” between development and conservation and helping businesses to be “good partners and...
  • Wolves kill 176 sheep near Victor, greatest loss recorded in Idaho

    08/20/2013 6:12:17 PM PDT · by Rebelbase · 136 replies
    AP via KTVB ^ | 8/20/13 | AP
    IDAHO FALLS, Idaho -- A southeastern Idaho ranch lost 176 sheep as the animals ran in fear from two wolves that chased through a herd of about 2,400 animals south of Victor....
  • Obama picks REI executive Sally Jewell to lead Interior Department

    02/06/2013 8:06:08 AM PST · by bgill · 21 replies
    LA Times ^ | Feb. 6, 2013 | Kathleen Hennessey
    Jewell has served as the outdoor retailer's CEO since 2005. She started her career as a petroleum engineer working in the oil fields of Oklahoma and Colorado for Mobil Oil Corp. She then moved to the banking industry, before joining the REI board in 1996 and becoming chief operations officer four years later.
  • ‘Wild Lands 2.0': Defeated Salazar Policy Resurrected in Back-Door BLM Move

    08/03/2012 3:17:51 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    PJ Media ^ | August 3, 2012 | Bridget Johnson
    Western lawmakers are crying foul over new Interior Department guidelines that resurrect the controversial Wild Lands policy that was killed by Congress in April 2011. Bureau of Land Management manuals uncovered by Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah) and Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) include language nearly identical to the draft proposal put forth by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar in December 2010. The “Wild Lands” policy was intended to identify and manage wilderness areas while circumventing the normal — and transparent — congressional process. Pulling manuals from the BLM site on July 31, the lawmakers compared the policies and found the new language...
  • White House Lied, Jobs Died

    05/10/2012 5:02:52 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | May 11, 2012 | Michelle Malkin
    While the White House and its media water-carriers try to distract the American public with gay-marriage talk and half-century-old tales of Mitt Romney's prep school pranks, the inconvenient truth remains: President Obama is responsible for perpetrating jaw-dropping, job-killing scientific fraud. And his minions are still trying to cover it up. New internal e-mails disclosed by the House Natural Resources Committee this week show that a supposedly exculpatory report on the administration's doctored drilling moratorium analysis — issued by the Department of Interior's Inspector General's office — was itself incomplete, misleading and unsubstantiated. Even more damning, the documents reveal that...
  • 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...
  • Obama administration plan would kill rival bird to save spotted owl

    02/28/2012 8:08:37 PM PST · by Hunton Peck · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Tuesday, February 28, 5:46 PM | unattributed
    To save the imperiled spotted owl, the Obama administration is moving forward with a controversial plan to shoot barred owls, a rival bird that has shoved its smaller cousin aside. The plan is the latest federal attempt to protect the northern spotted owl, the passive, one-pound bird that sparked an epic battle over logging in the Pacific Northwest two decades ago. The government set aside millions of acres of forest to protect the owl, but the bird’s population continues to decline — a 40 percent slide in 25 years. A plan announced Tuesday would designate habitat considered critical for the...
  • Interior Department reviewing allegations in delta smelt case (department scientists lied?)

    10/14/2011 8:18:41 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 1+ views
    LaTimes ^ | 10/14/11 | Bettina Boxall
    An Interior Department official said Thursday the agency will ask independent experts to review allegations by a federal judge that the testimony of two department scientists was so inconsistent and contradictory it amounted to deliberate deception. U.S. District Court Judge Oliver Wanger attacked the credibility of the biologists last month shortly before retiring from the bench. At a hearing on a motion in a court case involving delta smelt protections, Wanger called one of the scientists a "zealot" and accused the agency of engaging in "bad faith."
  • Judge's blistering rebuke of two federal scientists stokes fires under Obama administration

    09/23/2011 6:34:55 PM PDT · by SmithL · 31 replies · 1+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 9/23/11 | Mike Taugher
    With a House Republican loading political ammunition in a national fight over government science, Interior Department officials said Friday they would stand by the work of two scientists whose integrity was attacked recently by a federal judge overseeing the Delta water wars. U.S. District Judge Oliver Wanger, in a lengthy and strongly worded assault Sept. 16, said the two scientists deliberately misled him when they urged him not to weaken new rules meant to help imperiled Delta smelt in wet years like this one. He called one scientist, Jennifer Norris of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, a "zealot" who...
  • Critics celebrate death of Salazar's wildlands policy

    06/01/2011 3:56:22 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    Deseret News ^ | June 1, 2011
    WASHINGTON — The Utah men who were the first in the nation to swing a legal sledgehammer to controversial wildlands policy No. 3310 are celebrating its demise, saying it's gratifying to see how the right kind of pressure can effect such a reversal. "It's tremendous. It's the best news I have heard for a long time," said Uintah County Commissioner Mike McKee. "We are very pleased." Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on Wednesday directed the Bureau of Land Management to abstain from designating any "wildlands" on public lands under its purview. Instead, he said the federal agency will work with Congress...
  • Border Patrol Banned From Top Smuggler Routes

    04/18/2011 3:03:56 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 27 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | April 18, 2011
    Paste your document here For the third time in a few months a federal report exposes how the U.S. government prioritizes environmental preservation over national security by keeping Border Patrol agents out of wildlife refuges that are heavily transited by Mexican drug and human smugglers. Among them is a popular smugglers’ corridor, the 2,300-acre San Bernardino National Wildlife Refuge, used by an illegal immigrant who murdered an Arizona rancher last spring. For years, Border Patrol agents have been prohibited by the Interior Department and the U.S. Forest Service from actively patrolling such areas because it threatens natural resources. Motorized...
  • Is Salazar Lowballing Gulf Drilling Applications?

    03/17/2011 8:37:23 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | March 17, 2011 | Peter Flaherty
    Two weeks ago, we asked whether Interior Secretary Ken Salazar considered himself above the law by ignoring court orders to resume the permitting process for deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. Now we learn that Salazar may have misled Congress and the public on the number of drilling permit applications he is ignoring. Yesterday, Senator David Vitter (R-LA) accused Salazar, along with Michael Bromwich, the director of the new Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Regulation and Enforcement, of using bogus figures. During Congressional testimony on March 2, and on other occasions, Salazar and Bromwich used much lower figures...
  • Interior appeals oil drilling ruling

    03/05/2011 10:00:11 AM PST · by ColdOne · 14 replies
    Politico.com ^ | 3/4/11 | DAN BERMAN & DARREN GOODE
    The Obama administration late Friday appealed a judge's orders directing the Interior Department to act on several Gulf of Mexico deepwater drilling permits. The appeal is the latest salvo in the ongoing fight over the speed with which Interior is – or isn't – letting oil drillers get back to work after last year's BP oil spill. Gulf state lawmakers and the oil industry have accused the department of enacting a "de facto" moratorium against new drilling, while Interior says it needs to ensure safety and environmental protections are in place. Friday's appeal challenges rulings by Judge Martin Feldman of...
  • Interior issues first deepwater drilling permit since BP spill

    02/28/2011 2:31:53 PM PST · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 28, 2011 | Ben Geman
    The Interior Department on Monday approved the first Gulf of Mexico deepwater drilling permit since imposing a freeze after the BP oil spill began. The permit — awarded to Houston-based Noble Energy — follows months of criticism from Republicans, drill-state Democrats and the oil industry, who alleged that Interior was dragging its feet. But department officials maintained they were taking needed steps to lessen the chance of another disaster. “This permit represents a significant milestone for us and for the offshore oil and gas industry, and is an important step towards safely developing deepwater energy supplies offshore,” said Michael...
  • Feds’ findings on oil spill to be delayed again

    02/26/2011 6:22:02 AM PST · by thackney · 8 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | February 25, 2011 | Jennifer Dlouhy
    A federal panel investigating the Deepwater Horizon disaster said Friday that its probe might not be complete until July 27 — 15 months after the well blowout that killed 11 workers and triggered the nation’s worst oil spill. The joint inquiry by the U.S. Coast Guard and the Interior Department had already received one extension and had planned to wrap up work by the end of March. But delays in testing the blowout preventer that failed to stop gushing oil at BP’s doomed Macondo well prompted the government to ask for more time. “The condition of the BOP, as well...
  • Federal judge gives Interior 30 days to decide on deepwater drilling permits

    02/17/2011 2:27:34 PM PST · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 17, 2011 | Ben Geman
    A Louisiana federal judge critical of Interior Department offshore drilling restrictions on Thursday gave the department 30 days to decide whether to issue five deepwater drilling permits for Gulf of Mexico projects. Judge Martin Feldman’s order features his latest attacks on drilling restrictions imposed after the BP oil spill, alleging that permitting delays have “become increasingly unreasonable.” Interior lifted a formal ban on deepwater permits in October but has yet to resume permitting. Thursday's order mandates decisions on five permit applications in which Ensco Offshore Co. – one of the companies that has sued Interior over drilling restrictions – has...
  • 3 Republicans Say Report on Spill Was Manipulated

    11/13/2010 4:51:57 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 31 replies · 1+ views
    New York Times ^ | November 12, 2010 | JOHN M. BRODER
    Three Republican senators demanded Friday that the White House explain last-minute editing changes to an Interior Department report on the BP oil spill that falsely implied that a group of independent experts had endorsed a political decision to temporarily halt all deepwater oil drilling. The senators, members of the Environment and Public Works Committee, called for hearings into the matter, contending that the White House had manipulated science for political ends, a claim Democrats frequently made about the George W. Bush administration. The Interior Department’s inspector general issued a report this week asserting that officials in the office of Carol...
  • Interior Department Creates Office To Collect Oil, Gas Revenue

    10/04/2010 10:47:34 PM PDT · by Rabin · 5 replies
    DOW JONES NEWSWIRES ^ | Friday 10/01/2010 2:53 PM ET | Tennille Tracy
    WASHINGTON -(Dow Jones)- The U.S. Interior Department is taking steps to eliminate conflicts of interest within its various branches in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, announcing Friday it has created a new office to collect billions of dollars in oil and gas revenue. The newly formed Office of Natural Resources Revenue will take over revenue collection from the offshore-drilling regulatory branch, known as the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement. That agency formerly oversaw both revenue collection and permit approvals. Last year, the bureau disbursed more than $10.6 billion of revenue to the U.S. Treasury,...
  • Administration Tries and Fails To Pull a Fast One (Drilling Moratorium)

    09/01/2010 2:26:16 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | September 1, 2010 | Clarice Feldman
    Having been enjoined by Judge Feldman (no relation) from trying to halt oil drilling based on inadequate scientific basis, the Administration's Secretary Salazar, tried to pull a fast one by simply issuing another moratorium. Judge Feldman has refused to play along: The federal judge who struck down the Obama administration's initial six-month moratorium on deepwater oil-drilling dealt the government another blow on Wednesday. U.S. District Court Judge Martin Feldman denied the government's request to throw out a suit challenging the drilling halt that had been filed by offshore-oil-service companies. Justice Department lawyers had argued the lawsuit was moot because the...
  • Let Border Patrol in wilderness areas, Bishop says

    04/14/2010 4:42:20 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 8 replies · 367+ views
    Deseret News ^ | April 14, 2010 | Lee Davidson
    WASHINGTON — Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, introduced a bill Wednesday seeking to end the Interior Department's current practice of denying the U.S. Border Patrol access to wilderness and other protected federal lands along the Mexico-U.S. border. He said that would ensure that Interior's policies "no longer enable dangerous criminals to co-opt federal border lands as their drug trafficking highways." Bishop for months has been calling for Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to change the policy on his own. Bishop, the ranking Republican on a subcommittee that oversees national parks and public lands, visited the border earlier this year and said he...
  • Drillgate: Secretary Salazar's Cover-Up

    02/08/2010 5:50:44 PM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies · 1,136+ views
    Investors.com ^ | February 8, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Energy The administration asked for public comments on a plan to expand offshore drilling. When they came in 2-to-1 in favor, the Interior Department sat on the news. Time for a "Texas tea" party? When you ask for public comment on a major policy issue, at some point you should make the results public, not hide them until you can figure out a way to spin the public reaction to support a conclusion you've already drawn. On its last business day in office, the Bush administration published a proposed draft of a five-year plan to lease areas in the Atlantic...
  • House Dems propose huge changes to drilling program

    05/22/2009 10:10:04 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 97 replies · 3,301+ views
    The Hill ^ | May 22, 2009 | Jim Snyder
    Under a House Democrat-crafted bill described as a “sweeping” reform of federal drilling rules, oil and natural-gas companies would pay more to drill on federal lands and have less time to access the resources. The measure, crafted by House Natural Resources Democratic staff, raises the royalty fees oil and gas companies pay to drill on federal lands for the first time since the 1980s. It also shortens the duration of federal leases to access those federal resources from 10 years to five. The proposed changes are likely to draw vocal complaints from oil and gas companies that have already been...
  • Bidder Has Raised $14,000 to Hold Drilling Parcels

    01/02/2009 2:01:02 PM PST · by george76 · 24 replies · 1,012+ views
    The University of Utah student who disrupted an oil and gas drilling lease auction last month says he has raised $14,000 of the $45,000 he needs to pay the federal Bureau of Land Management to hold 13 parcels he won. Tim DeChristopher won the parcels and ran up the bidding on others in an effort to foil the Dec. 19 auction, which drew controversy from the start because of concerns the drilling could damage Utah's wild lands and would be too close to some national parks. DeChristopher said he never had any intention to develop or pay for the parcels....
  • Hurricane Ike destroys 49 oil platforms in Gulf

    09/19/2008 7:56:01 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies · 586+ views
    GOPUSA ^ | September 19, 2008 | H. Josef Hebert (Associated Press)
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- At least 49 offshore oil platforms, all with production of less than 1,000 barrels a day, were destroyed by Hurricane Ike as it raced across the Gulf of Mexico, and some may not be rebuilt, the Interior Department said Thursday. It said in the latest hurricane damage assessment that the platforms altogether accounted for 13,000 barrels of oil and 84 million cubic feet of natural gas a day. There are more than 3,800 production platforms in the Gulf producing 1.3 million barrels of oil and 7 billion cubic feet of gas each day. Most remain shut down.
  • CNBC: Dems Will Exploit Sex Scandal to Stop Oil Drilling

    09/11/2008 1:28:02 PM PDT · by Rufus2007 · 25 replies · 259+ views
    businessandmedia.org ^ | September 11, 2008 | Jeff Poor
    Call this a case of sex, drugs and crude oil. It was recently reported that federal investigators discovered an Interior Department group overseeing the collection of oil and natural gas royalties allegedly had sex with subordinates and customers, engaged in illegal drug use and accepted gifts from oil company employees. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., appeared on CNBC’s September 11 “Power Lunch” to discuss the story calling it “a very sad occasion.” Nelson also voiced opposition to opening waters off the western coast of Florida for drilling. Immediately following Nelson’s interview, CNBC Media and Technology Editor Dennis Kneale responded. Kneale warned...
  • Government workers in oil industry sex and drug scandal(to be used against drilling legislation)

    09/11/2008 8:16:19 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies · 146+ views
    Reuters ^ | 09/11/08 | Tom Doggett
    Government workers in oil industry sex and drug scandal Thu Sep 11, 2008 9:19am EDT By Tom Doggett WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Interior Department employees who oversaw oil drilling on federal lands had sex and used illegal drugs with workers at energy companies where they were conducting official business, an internal government report said on Wednesday. Employees at the department's Minerals Management Service "socialized with, and received a wide array of gifts and gratuities from, oil and gas companies," according to the department's inspector general, Earl Devaney. "When confronted by our investigators, none of the employees involved displayed remorse," Devaney...
  • Government Officials Probed About Illicit Sex, Gifts

    09/10/2008 6:02:13 PM PDT · by grandpa jones · 26 replies · 211+ views
    WASHINGTON — Government officials handling billions of dollars in oil royalties engaged in illicit sex with employees of energy companies they were dealing with and received numerous gifts from them, federal investigators said Wednesday. The alleged transgressions involve 13 Interior Department employees in Denver and Washington. Their alleged improprieties include rigging contracts, working part-time as private oil consultants, and having sexual relationships with — and accepting golf and ski trips and dinners from — oil company employees, according to three reports released Wednesday by the Interior Department's inspector general. The investigations reveal a "culture of substance abuse and promiscuity" by...
  • Feds Press Congress to Lift Oil Drilling Ban

    07/30/2008 9:34:30 PM PDT · by kellynla · 7 replies · 179+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | July 30, 2008 | David R. Baker
    The U.S. Interior Department ratcheted up the pressure on Congress Wednesday to open more of the country's coastline to offshore oil drilling, a move petroleum companies have sought for decades. Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne said his department will lay the groundwork for selling undersea oil-drilling leases on the outer continental shelf, including areas now protected by a congressional ban. Republicans are pushing hard to end the moratorium, which was imposed in 1982 and covers most of the East and West coasts. The Interior Department has no authority to lift the ban. But if Congress votes to open the coasts to...
  • Judge hits gov't on Indian money delay

    01/30/2008 8:13:59 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 61+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/30/08 | Mary Clare Jalonick - ap
    WASHINGTON - A federal judge on Wednesday ruled that the Interior Department has "unreasonably delayed" its accounting for billions of dollars owed to Indian landholders. The federal agency "has not, and cannot, remedy the breach" of its responsibilities to account for the Indian money, U.S. District Judge James Robertson said in a 165-page decision in a long-running federal lawsuit alleging mismanagement of Indian trust funds. "Indeed, it is now clear that completion of the required accounting is an impossible task" for the department, Robertson said, adding that he would schedule a hearing next month to discuss ways to solve the...
  • Interior Dept. Official Facing Scrutiny Resigns

    05/02/2007 5:56:00 AM PDT · by Truth29 · 5 replies · 288+ views
    Washington Post ^ | May 2, 2007 | Elizabeth Williamson
    Interior Dept. Official Facing Scrutiny Resigns By Elizabeth Williamson Washington Post Staff Writer Wednesday, May 2, 2007; A05 A senior Bush political appointee at the Interior Department who revised scientific reports to minimize protection of endangered species has resigned, officials said yesterday. Julie A. MacDonald, deputy assistant secretary for fish, wildlife and parks, had been criticized by Interior's inspector general, and Congress was preparing to scrutinize her performance in an upcoming hearing. Interior Department spokesman Hugh Vickery confirmed MacDonald's resignation, delivered in a letter late Monday. Her departure came as the agency was discussing plans to demote her, said a...
  • 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...
  • Govt Says Oil Royalty Agreement Near

    09/15/2006 6:35:10 AM PDT · by thackney · 8 replies · 274+ views
    Forbes ^ | 09.14.2006 | JOHN HEILPRIN
    The government says it is near agreement with BP PLC and Shell Oil Co. to recoup some of nearly $10 billion in lost royalty revenue from improperly prepared oil and gas leases. Senior Interior Department officials told a House committee Thursday the companies are among 10 they're in negotiations with because the leases didn't include clauses requiring royalty payments for oil selling above $36 a barrel. "I believe we're very close with Shell and BP," R.M. "Johnnie" Burton, who took over as head of Interior's Minerals Management Service in 2002, said during a hearing before the House Government Reform Committee....
  • Judge condemns Interior Department as a callous, clueless agency

    07/12/2005 10:54:07 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 618+ views
    San Diego Union -Tribune ^ | 7/12/05 | John Heilprin - AP
    WASHINGTON – The Interior Department was ordered Tuesday – by a judge who called it a "pathetic outpost" – to admit it can't provide accurate information about lost royalties owed to American Indians. In a scathing condemnation of the government's treatment of American Indians, U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth directed the department to enclose notices in its correspondence saying information provided on trust assets may not be credible. The notices also are meant to alert people that they may be members of the class-action lawsuit brought by lead plaintiff Eloise Cobell in 1996 on behalf of more than 300,000 American...