The United States has double the amount of oil and three times the amount of natural gas than previously thought, stored deep under the states of North Dakota, South Dakota, and Montana, according to new data the Obama administration released Tuesday.
In announcing the new data in a conference call, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell also said the administration will release within weeks draft rules to regulate hydraulic fracturing, technology that has [...]
MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) Congressman Jo Bonner demands Interior Secretary Salazar immediately halt federal policy destroying large numbers of gulf red snapper.
In a Local 15 investigation, we uncovered video, secretly taken aboard one of the vessels contracted to blow-up old gas wells in the gulf, killing millions of pounds of fish.
Marine scientist Dr. Bob Shipp says this is happening so often, a million and a half pounds of dead snapper is [...]
WASHINGTON — Interior Secretary Ken Salazar threatened to punch a reporter with the Colorado Springs Gazette after the reporter asked him about the Bureau of Land Management’s wild horses program at an Election Day get-out-the-vote event.
Reporter Dave Philipps conducted a two-minute interview with Salazar, a Democrat, at the event at an Obama campaign office in Fountain on Election Day.
The Senate majority leader had agreed to participate in a conference call Monday afternoon with Interior Secretary Ken Salazar about renewable energy, but it was obvious that the questions would instead be about Reid’s own windiness, and his decision to go nuclear on Mitt Romney last week by suggesting that the Republican presidential candidate didn’t pay taxes for 10 years.
The call’s moderator tried to direct reporters away from Reid’s constantly replenishing [...]
While the Obama administration was taking a victory lap last week after the 5-4 Supreme Court decision to uphold the president’s signature legislative accomplishment, Obamacare, the Interior Department was using the media black hole to release a much-awaited five-year plan for offshore drilling. That plan reinstitutes a 30-year moratorium on offshore energy exploration that will keep our most promising resources locked away until long after President Obama begins plans for his presidential library. Given the timing, [...]
May 4, 2012
Setting up another battleground with the energy industry — as well as Republicans ahead of the presidential election — the Obama administration on Friday proposed requiring that drillers on federal lands publicly list what chemicals they use in a technique known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.
“This administration’s energy strategy is an all-out effort to boost American production of every available source of energy,” Interior Secretary Ken Salazar [...]
April 30, 2012
President Obama’s top energy and environmental officials are casting their work as a core piece of White House efforts to boost the economy while using rough-and-tumble language to parry Republican attacks.
Four speeches over four days by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson signal a political all-hands-on-deck approach to defending the White House’s economic record ahead of the 2012 elections.
“The fact is we can’t create [...]
video of a top EPA official saying the EPA’s “philosophy” is to “crucify” and “make examples” of oil and gas companies – just as the Romans crucified random citizens
Department of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said “I don’t think anyone can speculate what will happen with respect to oil prices and gas prices because they are set on the global economy,”
EPA has closed 6 oil refineries (mostly cause of fines and irrational [...]
Department of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said that “no one knows” if gasoline prices in the United States will reach $9 per gallon, and acknowledged that the possibility is outside his control.
“I don’t think anyone can speculate what will happen with respect to oil prices and gas prices because they are set on the global economy,” Salazar told reporters when asked if gas prices could reach $9 per gallon, as they have [...]
The federal government is set to pay out more than $1billion to a number of American Indian tribes to settle disputes which have been ongoing for more than a century.
The tribes claim that the government mismanaged their funds as well as tribal land supposed to be held in trust.
The agreement announced on Wednesday will resolve claims brought by 41 tribes from across the country to reclaim money lost in mismanaged [...]
As he campaigns for president, Mitt Romney is ratcheting up his attacks on Barack Obama over high gas prices, putting the issue at the center of his economic message. He is calling for Obama to fire his Energy secretary, EPA administrator, and Interior secretary, saying they are to blame for high prices at the pump. “No question in my mind that these—I call them the gas-hike trio—that those three are [...]
“If we had the same level of participation in the labor force we had the day Obama was sworn in, it would be 10.8 percent,” Gingrich said, disputing the calculation..that unemployment hovered at 8.3 percent for a second straight month.
… in front of an oil rig with a message for the White House: “I just wanted to point out Mr. President that this is how they get natural gas. This [...]
WASHINGTON — 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 [...]
Oil and gas companies drilled fewer new wells on public lands in 2010 than in any other year over the past decade, leaving nearly two-thirds of their drilling permits unused, according to federal records obtained by Greenwire.
The Bureau of Land Management issued 4,090 drilling permits in fiscal 2010, but oil and gas operators drilled 1,480 new wells, using about 36 percent of permits issued.
BLM’s permitting data refute industry assertions that [...]
By Rachel Manteuffel, Friday, January 13, 4:44 PM
Five months ago, in this space, I wrote that something was wrong with the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial. The quotation inscribed on the monument’s left flank had been so badly excerpted that a modest statement of King’s was turned into a boast.
At the time, it wasn’t clear how or why this had happened, but what seemed likely, at least to me, was that nothing would be done about it. [...]
By: Aubrey Whelan | 12/13/11 1:16 PM
Park Police walk through the Occupy DC camp in McPherson Square on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011.
The chairman of the congressional committee that oversees the District’s affairs is demanding to know whether the Obama administration is allowing Occupy DC to camp illegally in McPherson Square for political purposes.
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., is asking Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to turn over documents and communications [...]
Congressman Denny Rehberg meets with Montana State Bureau of Land Management Director Jamie Connell in his office to express his concerns about the draft policy. Click herefor full-res image. Image approved for re-printing or broadcast.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Montana’s Congressman, Denny Rehberg, today sent a letter to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Bureau of Land Management Secretary Bob Abbey asking them to revise a draft policy that empowers federal land managers to prohibit “recreational shooting” [...]
President Obama’s United States Department of Agriculture has delayed shale gas drilling in Ohio for up to six months by cancelling a mineral lease auction for Wayne National Forest (WNF). The move was taken in deference to environmentalists, on the pretext of studying the effects of hydraulic fracturing.
“Conditions have changed since the 2006 Forest Plan was developed,” announcedWNF Supervisor Anne Carey on Tuesday. “The technology used in the Utica & Marcellus [...]
by Neil W. McCabe
A photovoltaic solar panel ranch similar to the California Solar Valley Ranch under construction by SunPower in the state’s San Luis Obispo County. The $1.2 billion loan guarantee to support the project was finalized in hours before the loan program expired Sept. 30. The company announced Aug. 5 that it will build the panels for the ranch at a new factory [...]
WASHINGTON (AP) — The former chief of staff to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has taken a job with one of the law firms representing BP in legal proceedings stemming from the massive Gulf oil spill last year.
Tom Strickland joined the Interior Department as Salazar’s chief of staff and an assistant secretary in 2009. He worked there at time when the [...]
The Elwha Dam, shown in July, and the Glines Canyon Dam upriver will be dismantled to help restore the ecosystem of Washington st
Reporting from Port Angeles, Wash.—
In a deep turquoise pool in a gorge of steep granite and thick Douglas fir, dozens of salmon swam fitfully. Swirling and slow, they made their way up one side of the riverbed, only to run into the steep [...]
Visitors can normally climb Liberty’s pedestal, up to the head and into the torch
New York’s iconic Statue of Liberty is to close for a year for renovations.
The 305ft (93m) copper statue needs $27.5m (£16.8m) in repairs, US Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said.
The National Park Service said new stairs and elevators would be installed within the 125-year-old statue, but Liberty Island would remain open.
The statue, dedicated in [...]
Map via Frank Jacobs, Strange Maps blog/Big Think
Yes, dear readers, corruptocrat Interior Secretary Ken Salazar can be stopped.
Since day one of the Obama administration, I’ve chronicled Loathsome Cowboy Ken Salazar’s War on the West, War on Jobs, and War on Science/Rule of Law. The last straw was his attempted Wild Lands grab. GOP leaders rose up with farmers, ranchers, and Western governors to stop the scheme in its tracks. Utah [...]
Ken Salazar must issue the deepwater drilling permits the nation needs, the author writes. | AP Photo
You need to watch only a few minutes of cable news analysis to realize just how ludicrous our national energy policies have become. As escalating tensions and chaos unfold in Egypt, Libya and other Middle Eastern nations, one energy analyst suggested that if Libyan oil supplies were to fail, [...]
1)Ã‚Â Moratorium to cut U.S. oil output 82,000 bpd: EIA
“WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. offshore oil drilling ban will reduce crude output by an average of 82,000 barrels per day next year, more than previously estimated, the government’s top energy forecaster said on Wednesday.
The Energy Information Administration had said last month that the moratorium, which the government put on exploration rigs in response to the [...]
A containment cap that had been channelling over 16,000 barrels per day to a surface vessel was removed after an undersea robot apparently collided with it, Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen said at a news briefing in Washington.
He said the system could restart later on Wednesday local time.
Mr Allen said the flow of oil from the well was not completely unchecked. Some was still being burned [...]
While defending his own policies President Obama has routinely been rude and sarcastic to his predecessor, George W. Bush. Yet Obama appears to be making the resident of the previous White House look like a genius compared to his own serious missteps in office.
Case in point Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Interior Secretary Ken Salazar’s performance and the communication of priorities on the issue [...]