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Groups seek end to all Arctic Ocean drilling

...and natural gas to renewables such as wind and solar power.Depending on interest by petroleum companies, the Interior Department could hold lease sales in Arctic waters in 2016 and 2017.Both the Chukchi and the Beaufort seas could be included...
Sage grouse plan aims for industry, wildlife balance

...the deadline approached and drafts of the land-use plans emerged.Erik Molvar with WildEarth Guardians said Interior Department officials had turned an opportunity to help the grouse into "an epic conservation failure." He said exceptions...
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EPA: Agency did not shirk responsibility in West mine spill

...The EPA's inspector general and the U.S. Interior Department are reviewing the incident, and EPA officials...said.McCarthy defended the independence of the Interior Department review, which comes at her request. While several...
Judge tosses suit in refuge-road dispute

JUNEAU - A federal judge in Alaska on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit brought over the U.S. Interior Department's refusal to allow for a road through a wildlife refuge to ease medical evacuations.In a written order, U.S. District Court...
From Mount McKinley to Mount Denali

...Board on Geographic Names fails to act "within a reasonable time." The board shares responsibility with the Interior Department for naming such landmarks. Q: ARE THERE ANY POSITIVES IN THIS FOR MCKINLEY?A: McKinley Presidential Library...
A lack of (land) trust

...That belief was erased in 2013 when a U.S. District Court judge found the "Alaska exemption" void. The Interior Department crafted rules to allow tribes to put land into trust, but the state obtained an injunction against those rules...
Damaged Shell icebreaker arrives in Oregon for repairs

...wellhead to stop gushing oil after a blowout or connect to hoses to direct oil to vessels on the surface.The Interior Department's Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said in a statement that Shell could submit an amended application...
Groups want Shell's Arctic plans stopped after ship damaged

...bearing zones," the groups said.Shell hopes to begin drilling this month but awaits final permits from the Interior Department's Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement. Agency spokesman Guy Hayes did not have an immediate comment...
Federal judge rejects state stance on ANWR

...Interior Secretary limited authority to conduct exploration to assess the resource potential.The law required the Interior Department to do a resource assessment that included seismic exploration for the purpose of preparing a report to Congress...
Shell gets permits for limited oil drilling in Arctic waters

...cap a well in case of a leak. That equipment is aboard a ship headed to Portland, Oregon, for repairs.The Interior Department's Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said in a statement that Shell could submit an amended application...


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