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Dakotas tribes to get $48M through contracts settlement

BISMARCK, N.D. — Tribes in the Dakotas are getting about $48 million through a nearly $1 billion settlement between the federal government and tribes across the country over underfunded federal contracts. Tribal colleges in the two states are getting an additional $7 million. The deal was announced last week by the Interior Department and leaders from the Oglala Sioux Tribe, ...

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Jewell: ‘We can’t switch to renewables overnight’

As manager of roughly a fifth of the nation’s land and much of its natural resources, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell says she tries to balance competing interests “in a smart way.” Though President Barack Obama has embraced renewable energy and is attempting to curb carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants, his administration has also allowed new oil rigs ...

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Feds hold Montana public meeting on coal program

BILLINGS, Mont. — Several people told federal officials in a crowded public meeting they need to change how royalties are collected from coal mining, while others questioned whether the government is trying to put the coal industry out of business. The U.S. Interior Department’s public meeting in Billings is one of five on how the government leases coal and collects ...

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U.S. fracking rules to face early legal test

A fracking rig sits in an farmers field in Colorado

WASHINGTON – Energy industry groups and states that oppose new U.S. rules for hydraulic fracturing on public lands are headed to court this month to try to block the regulations a day before they are to take effect. Foes of the regulations will go before a federal judge on June 23 to seek a preliminary injunction. The Interior Department rules, ...

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Oil groups ask court to temporarily block U.S. fracking rules

WASHINGTON – Two oil and gas groups have asked a federal court to block the implementation new U.S. rules for hydraulic fracturing on public lands until their lawsuit challenging the regulations is resolved. The Independent Petroleum Association Of America (IPAA) and the Western Energy Alliance filed a motion on Friday for a preliminary injunction to prevent the Interior Department’s Bureau ...

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US says Gulf oil spill could last 100 years

WASHINGTON — A decade-old oil leak where an offshore platform toppled during a hurricane could continue spilling crude into the Gulf of Mexico for a century or more if left unchecked, according to government estimates obtained by The Associated Press that provide new details about the scope of the problem. Taylor Energy Company, which owned the platform and a cluster ...

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Opinion: Obama’s OK of Arctic oil drilling surprises environmental groups

Someone must have spliced some of Sarah Palin’s “drill, baby, drill,” DNA into President Barack Obama for his administration to willingly grant even conditional approval for Shell Gulf of Mexico to drill for oil off the Alaskan coast this summer. It’s like a solar energy manufacturer deciding to open a gasoline station in its front lot. The Obama administration shift ...

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