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Group sues Interior Department over deep-sea well permits

Group sues Interior Department over deep-sea well permits

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An environmental group sued the Interior Department on Wednesday for what it called the “fast track” permitting of potentially dangerous oil and natural gas wells in offshore waters. The action came on the sixth anniversary of the nation’s largest offshore oil spill. The federal lawsuit, filed by the California-based Center for Biological Diversity in Washington, D.C., ...

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Feds approve 287-megawatt solar plant in California desert

BAKER, Calif. (AP) — The federal government has approved plans to build a solar power plant in California’s Mojave Desert that could provide enough electricity for 86,000 homes. The Interior Department says approval was granted last week for the Soda Mountain Solar Project. The 287-megawatt plant would be built six miles southwest of Baker near Interstate 15, the highway that ...

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US to consider sharp hike in royalties on coal

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Royalty rates on coal extracted from massive strip mines on public lands could increase 50 percent under a pending overhaul of a U.S. government program that critics say contributes to climate change, documents released Thursday show. The royalty hike was contained in an Interior Department notice providing the first outlines of a planned three-year evaluation of ...

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Federal oil, gas leases stall over bird concerns in US West

FILE - In this April 22, 2015, file photo, a male sage grouse struts in the early morning hours on a leak outside Baggs, Wyo. Concerns over a bird ranging across the American West continue to delay federal oil and gas lease sales five months after officials said they'd found a way to balance drilling and conservation. The Interior Department said it will defer the sale of almost 60,000 acres of leases in Montana as it works on policies to protect the habitat of greater sage grouse. That work is expected to take several more months. (Dan Cepeda/The Casper Star-Tribune via AP, File)

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Concerns over a bird that ranges across the American West continue to delay federal oil and gas lease sales, five months after Interior Secretary Sally Jewell proclaimed the Obama administration had found a way to balance drilling and conservation. The Interior Department said it will defer the sale of almost 60,000 acres of leases that were ...

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