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Report: Companies involved in Gulf spill didn't focus on major accident risksupdated: Wed Jul 25 2012 11:30:00

Two of the main companies involved in the disastrous 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill were more focused on personal injury risks than the potential for a major accident, a federal agency said in a report released Tuesday.

U.S. to open up remaining Gulf oil leases updated: Thu Jan 26 2012 14:05:00

The federal government Thursday announced plans to sell off oil and gas leases on 38 million acres of the Gulf of Mexico seafloor in a new domestic energy push by the Obama administration.

U.S. closes door to four snake speciesupdated: Tue Jan 17 2012 17:00:00

U.S. Interior Department announces it is banning the importation of four snake species. CNN's John Zarrella reports.

U.S. bans imports of 4 exotic snake speciesupdated: Tue Jan 17 2012 17:00:00

The United States is banning the importation of four species of snakes and their eggs, the Interior Department announced Tuesday.

'Drum major' quote on MLK memorial to be correctedupdated: Fri Jan 13 2012 20:11:00

A controversial quote inscribed in the granite of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the National Mall will be corrected, an official at the Interior Department confirmed to CNN.

CNNMoney: Arctic drilling set to increase under Obama planupdated: Tue Nov 08 2011 16:38:00

The Obama administration proposed more oil drilling in Arctic waters Tuesday, planning two new leases in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas off Alaska's north coast.

CNNMoney: Drilling dilemma: Oil industry leases untappedupdated: Wed Jun 08 2011 13:20:00

The oil industry isn't drilling on leases for millions of acres of land that could be producing energy.

CNNMoney: White House to slash business' red tapeupdated: Thu May 26 2011 15:58:00

The Obama administration said Thursday that milk will no longer be classified as an oil, part of an effort to overhaul federal regulations that don't make any sense.

Senate rejects GOP oil drilling planupdated: Wed May 18 2011 16:47:00

The Senate rejected a Republican measure Wednesday to expand offshore oil and gas drilling in U.S. coastal waters, signaling a continued partisan stalemate over energy policy and, more specifically, how to respond to rising gas prices.

A look at Gulf wildlife one year laterupdated: Thu Apr 21 2011 05:53:00

CNN's Rob Marciano reports on efforts to track, study, and rehab Gulf wildlife one year after the massive oil spill.

CNNMoney: Stuck pipe contributed to Gulf oil spillupdated: Wed Mar 23 2011 21:06:00

The oil spill at BP's Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico was caused by a piece of drill pipe trapped in the platform's blowout preventer, which kept the device from working properly to stop the flow of oil into the Gulf, according to a report issued Wednesday.

Former Park Police chief to resume duties January 31updated: Sat Jan 22 2011 13:55:00

Seven years after the federal government fired her as chief of the U.S. Park Police, Teresa Chambers is set to resume the role on January 31, the Department of the Interior announced Friday.

U.S. splits up offshore regulators after oil disasterupdated: Wed Jan 19 2011 19:37:00

Interior Department officials announced an extensive restructuring of the agencies that oversee offshore oil drilling Wednesday, pledging "fundamental change" for a system widely criticized after the worst oil spill in U.S. history.

Panel calls for drastic steps to stop future deepwater oil spillsupdated: Tue Jan 11 2011 15:37:00

If the government does not take drastic steps, another deepwater oil spill like the BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico could devastate the coastal areas of the United States, an oversight commission warned Tuesday in a long-awaited report to the president.

CNNMoney: Oil execs: Drilling ban will hurt for yearsupdated: Tue Nov 30 2010 17:27:00

Drilling activity in the Gulf of Mexico will remain light in the years ahead, despite the fact that the ban on drilling there has been lifted, according to a survey of oil executives released Tuesday.

CNNMoney: New deepwater drilling permits: Zilchupdated: Fri Nov 12 2010 09:14:00

President Obama lifted his moratorium on deepwater oil drilling nearly a month ago, but the government still hasn't issued any new permits in the Gulf of Mexico.

Report: White House edit led to errant claim on drilling moratoriumupdated: Wed Nov 10 2010 21:03:00

The Obama administration didn't violate federal law when it incorrectly asserted that its plans for a six-month halt to offshore oil drilling had been "peer reviewed" by experts, an independent watchdog agency reported Wednesday.

Fortune: Obama lifts drilling moratorium; new deepwater wells to flowupdated: Tue Oct 12 2010 16:31:00

The deepwater drilling moratorium is over. Secretary of the Interior Kenneth Salazar announced today that the ban on leases for new drilling operations, first issued on May 28, is ending over a month before the November 30 deadline. He and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management director Michael Bromwich announced the end of the moratorium today on a 1:00 pm media conference call. "We are open for business," Salazar said.

Fortune: Energy regulation gets personalupdated: Wed Sep 01 2010 15:32:00

On Monday, the Obama administration issued a policy mandating that employees of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management -- one of the three agencies spawned from the MMS -- disclose personal relationships with employees of companies that they regulate. When BOEM workers identify a conflict of interest, they are supposed to opt out of regulating in that situation. Industry workers and regulators in the Gulf often have the same social circles and live in the same communities. It's going to be tough for the government to watch them closely.

Fortune: So long, new deepwater drilling regulationsupdated: Wed Aug 04 2010 15:44:00

Yesterday, Democrats in the Senate rejected taking up a new oil spill response bill because of a dispute over who foots the costs of future spill cleanups and more importantly, how much those parties -- largely oil and exploration companies -- will pay. The Senate is voting on the bill, vaguely titled "a bill to promote clean energy jobs and oil accountability, and for other purposes" in response to BP's spill in the Gulf at the Macondo well.

BP drill site on Alaskan gravel island gets new scrutinyupdated: Tue Jul 27 2010 21:00:00

Three miles into the Beaufort Sea from the North Slope of Alaska sits a 32-acre, man-made gravel island with a gigantic blue drilling rig atop it.

'Integrity' testing on Gulf well cap delayedupdated: Wed Jul 14 2010 07:28:00

BP has put off crucial "integrity tests" on the new stacking cap on its ruptured Gulf oil well so it can review testing procedures, a review expected to take place through the night and into Wednesday.

Critics say drilling suspension extends Gulf's economic woesupdated: Tue Jul 13 2010 13:26:00

Whether you call it a moratorium or a suspension, the government's new halt on deepwater oil drilling will cause economic harm, according to industry advocates and Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana.

Government issuing new order suspending deepwater drillingupdated: Tue Jul 13 2010 08:05:00

The federal government announced Monday it is issuing a new order to suspend deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and off the coast of California until as late as November 30.

BP toils to put tighter cap on gusherupdated: Tue Jul 13 2010 08:05:00

National Incident Commander Thad Allen explains BP's latest efforts to cap the oil gusher in the Gulf of Mexico.

Terrorism task force to study device that prompted DC street closuresupdated: Wed Jun 30 2010 13:26:00

Several streets in Washington were closed Wednesday morning as authorities investigated a report of a suspicious package, officials said. A police spokesperson later said no hazardous material was detected.

CNNMoney: Stealth ban on Gulf drillingupdated: Sat Jun 26 2010 11:37:00

The offshore drilling ban imposed after the BP disaster is only supposed to hit operations in deep water -- 500 feet or more.

Oil industry's oversight agency renamed amid massive reformupdated: Mon Jun 21 2010 22:38:00

The federal agency responsible for overseeing the oil industry has been renamed amid a massive reform effort following the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, the Department of the Interior announced Monday.

Interior Department orders drillers to detail blowout plansupdated: Fri Jun 18 2010 20:11:00

The Department of the Interior on Friday ordered oil and gas companies to submit information addressing the possibility of a well blowout and detailing the steps they are taking to prevent a blowout whenever they file for a drilling permit, exploration plan, or development plan.

House looks into restructuring offshore drilling watchdog agencyupdated: Thu Jun 17 2010 13:00:00

The House Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources questioned high-ranking officials from government agencies, nongovernmental organizations and private companies Thursday about how to best divide up the troubled Minerals and Management Service, the government agency that oversees offshore drilling, which has come under greater scrutiny since the Deepwater Horizon incident on April 20.

Another deep water disaster looming?updated: Thu Jun 10 2010 20:21:00

Could another deep water- or even shallow water- oil drilling disaster be looming ahead? Experts warn it certainly could happen again.

CNN flies with Coast Guard Adm. Allenupdated: Thu Jun 10 2010 20:21:00

CNN Photographer Rich Brooks reports with CNN's Kyra Phillips from a U.S. Coast Guard craft over the Gulf of Mexico.

Blowout preventers -- disasters waiting to happen?updated: Thu Jun 10 2010 12:36:00

Could another deep water -- or even shallow water -- oil drilling disaster be looming ahead? Experts warn it certainly could happen again.

Is another deepwater disaster possible?updated: Thu Jun 10 2010 12:36:00

Oil rig blowout preventers fail to provide adequate defense against disaster. CNN's Allan Chernoff reports.

Whistleblower says poor inspections partly to blame for spillupdated: Wed Jun 09 2010 17:06:00

A history of slipshod inspections is at least partly to blame for the disaster that destroyed the drill rig Deepwater Horizon and unleashed the worst oil spill in U.S. history, a former Interior Department official says.

Whistleblower: BP inspections lackingupdated: Wed Jun 09 2010 17:06:00

A former auditor says BP inspections were lacking. Watch more on Campbell Brown at 8 p.m. ET.

CNNMoney: Offshore drillers get green lightupdated: Tue Jun 08 2010 17:29:00

The Obama administration announced new rules on offshore drilling Tuesday, a move that the industry hopes will secure new permits for drilling operations and the thousands of jobs that depend on them.

Troubled agency gets acting directorupdated: Sat May 29 2010 13:01:00

An acting director was settling into the top job Saturday at the troubled Minerals Management Service, which is involved in federal oversight of offshore oil drilling.

Head of Minerals Management Service leaves postupdated: Fri May 28 2010 09:24:00

Minerals Management Service Director Elizabeth Birnbaum resigned Thursday as head of the Interior Department's scandal-plagued Minerals Management Service, the department's chief said. Two sources told CNN that Birnbaum had been fired.

Head of Minerals Management Service fired, sources sayupdated: Thu May 27 2010 11:51:00

Minerals Management Service Director Elizabeth Birnbaum has been fired, according to two CNN sources.

Developments in the Gulf oil spillupdated: Wed May 26 2010 19:41:00

Here are the latest developments Wednesday involving the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico:

CNNMoney: Salazar: U.S. doing all it can on oil spillupdated: Wed May 26 2010 15:39:00

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar reiterated Wednesday that the U.S. government is doing all it can to put an end to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and to enforce ethics requirements in the federal agency responsible for inspecting oil wells.

Oil inspectors took company gifts, watchdog group findsupdated: Wed May 26 2010 11:36:00

Federal inspectors overseeing oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico accepted meals and tickets to sporting events from companies they monitored, the Interior Department's inspector general concluded in a report released Wednesday.

CNNMoney: Offshore drilling showdown loomsupdated: Mon May 24 2010 16:30:00

Despite the massive oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, the government is under pressure to issue new permits for offshore drilling as early as next week.

Federal official overseeing offshore oil development to retire earlyupdated: Mon May 17 2010 20:18:00

The head of offshore drilling at an Interior Department agency criticized after the Gulf Coast oil spill is retiring a month earlier than planned, an administration official told CNN on Monday.

CNNMoney: Crisis in the Gulf: Where were the watchdogs?updated: Sun May 16 2010 09:51:00

After a week grilling oil executives over what caused the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, lawmakers are setting their sights on government regulators next week.

Obama administration moves to reform big oil oversightupdated: Tue May 11 2010 11:29:00

The Obama administration, eager to show it is responding to the Gulf Coast oil spill, will announce plans Tuesday to split up an Interior Department agency that oversees offshore drilling, White House officials confirmed.

BP keeping cap on oil leak video?updated: Tue May 11 2010 11:29:00

Critics blast BP for not releasing video showing the extent of the Gulf Coast oil spill. CNN's Ed Lavandera reports.

CNNMoney: Obama to toughen big oil oversightupdated: Tue May 11 2010 11:04:00

The Obama administration, eager to show it is responding to the Gulf Coast oil spill, will announce plans Tuesday to split up an Interior Department agency that oversees offshore drilling, White House officials confirmed.

Gulf of Mexico oil fields key to BPupdated: Tue May 04 2010 11:27:00

In March 2008, BP and dozens of energy companies were behind a series of record-breaking bids for two sets of new oil and gas leases in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

U.S. offers to pay Native Americans $1.4 billion for lost fundsupdated: Tue Dec 08 2009 23:21:00

Thousands of American Indians would receive as much as $1,000 each if they accept a proposed $1.4 billion to settle a class-action lawsuit over government mismanagement of tribal lands.

Statue of Liberty's crown to re-open July 4updated: Thu Jul 02 2009 21:07:00

The crown of the Statue of Liberty will re-open to tourists on July 4, the Interior Department said Friday.

GOP blocks Obama nominee for No. 2 at Interiorupdated: Wed May 13 2009 17:30:00

Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked President Obama's choice to be the number two official at the Department of the Interior.

Obama overturns Bush endangered species ruleupdated: Tue Mar 03 2009 20:41:00

President Obama on Tuesday overturned a last-minute Bush administration regulation that many environmentalists claim weakened the Endangered Species Act.

Obama's Interior dept. nomineeupdated: Sun Dec 21 2008 17:01:00

Obama's choice for the Interior Department isn't all green say some, CNN's Jessica Yellin reports.

'Drill, baby, drill' process has begunupdated: Sun Dec 21 2008 17:01:00

Remember "drill, baby drill"? In its last weeks in office, the Bush administration is starting to make it happen by quietly starting the process of exploration and drilling off the coast of Virginia.

Bush set to relax endangered species rulesupdated: Thu Nov 20 2008 10:24:00

Animals and plants in danger of becoming extinct could lose the protection of government experts who make sure that dams, highways and other projects don't pose a threat, under regulations the Bush administration is set to put in place before President-elect Obama can reverse them.

Whistleblower: Oil watchdog agency 'cult of corruption'updated: Thu Oct 16 2008 21:35:00

Bobby Maxwell kept a close eye on the oil industry for more than 20 years as a government auditor. But he said the federal agency he worked for is now a "cult of corruption" -- a claim backed up by a recent government report.

'Cult of corruption'?updated: Thu Oct 16 2008 21:35:00

Is a U.S. agency overseeing oil royalties harboring a culture of sex, drugs and pricey gifts? CNN's Dan Simon reports.

CNNMoney: Interior Dept. sloppiness costs U.S. billionsupdated: Fri Sep 12 2008 10:35:00

The sex and drugs scandal revealed earlier this week at the Interior Department may be just the start.

Sex, drugs, gifts uncovered in government oil probeupdated: Thu Sep 11 2008 09:39:00

U.S. government employees received improper gifts from energy industry representatives, and engaged with them in illegal drug use and inappropriate sexual relations, according to a report issued Wednesday.

Libya's oil pitch to U.S.updated: Thu Sep 11 2008 02:32:00

CNN's Zain Verjee reports on Libya's efforts to sell oil to the United States now that tensions are easing.

Fortune: Time for a seismic shift in the offshore drilling debateupdated: Fri Aug 22 2008 15:44:00

President Bush may want to end the ban on offshore drilling, but you wouldn't know it from his administration's failure to obey a key directive in the 2005 Energy Act.

Behind the Scenes: Debating guns in national parksupdated: Mon Jun 16 2008 11:46:00

I'm at the Blue Ridge Arsenal in Chantilly, Virginia, the biggest gun store in northern Virginia. I'm looking at a holster on the hip of Arsenal's John Summer in which a black .22-caliber pistol sits snugly. US: Polar Bear a Threatened Speciesupdated: Wed May 14 2008 16:00:00

(WASHINGTON) -- The Interior Department declared the polar bear a threatened species Wednesday, saying it must be protected because of the decline in Arctic sea ice from global warming.Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne cited dramatic declines in sea ice over the last three decades and projections of continued losses. These declines, he told a news conference, mean the polar bear is a species likely to be in danger of extinction in the near future.Kempthorne also said, though, that it would be "inappropriate" to use the protection of the bear to reduce greenhouse gases, or to broadly address climate change.Reflecting views recently expressed by President Bush, Kempthorne said the Endangered Species Act was "never meant to regulate global climate change."He said the decision to list the bear includes administrative actions aimed at limiting the impact of the decision on energy development and other climate related activities."This listing will not stop global climate change or prevent any sea ice from melt Will the Polar Bear Survive?updated: Fri May 02 2008 20:00:00

U.S. Fish and Wildlife must decide on the polar bear this month. But does the species really need protection? House Wants $1B for Wildfiresupdated: Thu Apr 17 2008 20:00:00

A bill approved Thursday by the House Natural Resources Committee would set aside up to $1 billion to pay for fighting major wildfires Polar Bears Wait-Listed as Endangeredupdated: Thu Jan 17 2008 22:00:00

The government plans to delay its decision to put the polar bear on the endangered list until after it leases 30 million acres near Alaska for oil and gas drilling. What gives?

It's almost polar bear tourist season in Manitobaupdated: Tue Aug 21 2007 23:46:00

"Over there, I see something!" someone yelled. On a lakeshore a few hundred yards away, across a thin sheet of ice, a yellowish blob lay in contrast to the new white snow. Glenn Hopfner, our driver, steered closer, and everyone reached for their binoculars and cameras.

Feds raid senator's homeupdated: Wed Aug 01 2007 08:45:00

Feds raid senator's home

Polar bears may get protectionupdated: Wed Dec 27 2006 17:15:00

Polar bears may be listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act because of a loss of habitat that jeopardizes their survival, the Interior secretary said Wednesday.

CNNMoney: Chevron avoids hefty U.S. royalty paymentsupdated: Tue Oct 31 2006 11:04:00

The U.S. Interior Department abandoned claims that the oil giant Chevron underpaid the government for natural gas produced in the Gulf of Mexico, which could pave the way for other energy firms from paying royalties to the government, according to a report published Tuesday.

CNNMoney: Report: Suits say Feds blocked oil royaltiesupdated: Thu Sep 21 2006 06:27:00

Four government auditors who monitor leases for oil and gas on federal property charge the Interior Department suppressed their efforts to recover millions of dollars from companies they said cheated the government, according to a published report.

CNNMoney: House gives go ahead on offshore drillingupdated: Thu Jun 29 2006 16:54:00

The U.S. House of Representatives approved a controversial bill Thursday that opens up vast stretches of the U.S. coast to oil and gas drilling, paving the way for a reversal of a 25-year ban on energy exploration off a majority of the country's shoreline.

Interior Secretary Norton to step downupdated: Fri Mar 10 2006 13:03:00

U.S. Interior Secretary Gale Norton resigned Friday. She will leave her post at the end of March, the Department of the Interior said.

CNNMoney: Are the feds ignoring oil lease fraud?updated: Wed Mar 01 2006 06:34:00

The federal government has cut back audits of energy companies that pay billions of dollars for leases to produce oil and gas on federal property, according to a published report.

CNNMoney: Report: Oil firms avoid $7B in paymentsupdated: Tue Feb 14 2006 09:26:00

Despite record profits, the oil industry is set to skip out on $7 billion in royalty payments it would normally pay for drilling on government land thanks to a '90s era law designed to promote domestic production, according to a report published Tuesday.

Testimony: Louisiana agency lacked evacuation planupdated: Mon Jan 30 2006 21:36:00

The head of a Louisiana state agency given responsibility for coordinating the evacuation of at-risk populations during emergencies has told Senate investigators that no evacuation plans were in place before Hurricane Katrina struck in August.

FEMA failed to accept Katrina help, documents say updated: Mon Jan 30 2006 07:30:00

Federal emergency officials failed to accept offers of possibly life-saving aid from the Department of Interior immediately after Hurricane Katrina, according to documents obtained by CNN.

Payback Time For The Cock Of The Prairieupdated: Mon Dec 06 2004 17:01:00

Is the strutting sage grouse, iconic bird of the Western steppe, an endangered species? No doubt about it, say environmentalists, who petitioned for federal protection for the "cock of the prairie," as Lewis and Clark fondly dubbed it.

Ex-chief of Park Police denounces firingupdated: Sat Jul 10 2004 17:08:00

One day after she was fired, former U.S. Park Police Chief Teresa Chambers accused the Bush administration Saturday of silencing dissenting views in the rank and file.



Money Magazine: STOCK OF THE MONTH WITH THESE ENEMIES, WHO NEEDS FRIENDS?updated: Fri Nov 01 1991 00:01:00

The campaign to reduce West Coast logging to save the northern spotted owl has been about as welcome to the forest-products industry as a splinter in the foot. Executives at lumber companies such a...

Fortune: IT'S TIME TO DRILL ALASKA'S REFUGE America needs more domestic energy. The risks of exploring the Arctic wildlife preserve are fupdated: Mon Jan 28 1991 00:01:00

THE ARCTIC National Wildlife Refuge is almost as big as Indiana. It begins as a phalanx of magnificent rocky peaks high in the Brooks Range in Alaska's northeast corner, from there tumbling down a ...

Fortune: Guess what's sacred at Stanford, the case for ageism, panhandler rights, and other matters. GREAT MOMENTS IN ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVupdated: Mon Dec 17 1990 00:01:00

CHEYENNE -- The Interior Department . . . soon may have to determine whether flatulent sheep, cattle, and buffalo are contributing to global warming. The Washington-based Foundation on Economic Tre...

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