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Alaska included in future offshore lease sale schedule

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Obama administration’s five-year offshore drilling plan announced Tuesday includes three future lease sales off Alaska and six areas in state waters that will be closely reviewed for possible environmental and other conflicts with oil and gas activities. The plan by Interior Secretary Sally Jewell covers all potential federal offshore lease sales from 2017 through 2022. ...

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In reversal, Obama administration to block oil drilling in Atlantic

In reversal, Obama administration to block oil drilling in Atlantic

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a major reversal, the Obama administration said Tuesday it will bar oil drilling in the Atlantic Ocean, a move cheered by environmentalists and consistent with the president’s aggressive steps to deal with climate change. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell made the announcement on Twitter, declaring that the administration’s next five-year offshore drilling plan “protects the Atlantic for ...

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Panel formed to investigate Gulf platform worker’s death

Offshore oil and gas drilling rig operating in the Gulf of Mexico. (Image: Adventures of KM&G-Morris via Flickr - CC2)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Federal regulators have formed a four-member panel to investigate the death of a man who was working on an oil platform rig in the Gulf of Mexico. The Interior Department’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement says Roy Miller, a Nabors Drilling employee, was fatally injured last Thursday during “maintenance activities” performed for Houston-based oil and ...

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Regulators back continuing operations at Colorado coal mine

Coal loadout operations at Bowie Resources' Bowie No. 2 mine in western Colorado. (Image: WildEarth Guardians via Flickr)

CRAIG, Colo. — Federal regulators say allowing a northwestern Colorado coal mine to continue operating would have no significant impact on the environment. An arm of the Interior Department released the preliminary finding regarding the Trapper Mine Monday after a federal judge ordered another environmental review because the original review didn’t take a serious look at the impacts, including climate ...

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No deal in Montana energy lease dispute; lawsuit to proceed

View of Glacier National Park in Montana seen from a trail. (Image: Wes via Flickr)

BILLINGS, Mont. — Court documents indicate the U.S. government has failed to reach an agreement with the owner of a long-delayed energy lease near Glacier National Park. The Interior Department is planning to cancel the 6,200-acre lease in northwestern Montana. It’s located in the Badger-Two Medicine area just south of Glacier — land considered sacred to the Blackfoot tribes of ...

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Interior Department curbing future Arctic offshore drilling

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Interior Department says it will not extend Arctic offshore leases held by Royal Dutch Shell and other companies in Arctic waters off Alaska’s northern coast. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell says she’s also cancelling new lease sales tentatively scheduled for the next two years. The decision significantly reduces the chances for future Arctic offshore drilling. Shell announced ...

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