department of the interior

Deep Sea Drilling Rules and the Transition from Fossil Fuels

April 15, 2015 by Steven Cohen

The Department of the Interior will soon issue rules for new (not existing) oil drilling operations set to be released on the 5th anniversary of the deadly explosion of a BP oil drilling operation in the Gulf of Mexico. According to the New York Times, the rule is expected to tighten safety requirements.[read more]

Updated Draft Rules for Fracking Deserve the Chance to Work

May 17, 2013 by Jim Pierobon


Complaints by both sides over the Obama administration’s newly updated draft of fracking rules on public and Indian lands signals the Interior Department has found enough common ground to raise the bar on drilling operations.[read more]

Sally Jewell Confirmation Hearing: Balancing Conservation and Energy

March 9, 2013 by Joseph Romm

Sally Jewell

Sally Jewell told the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee during her confirmation hearing that balance is a critical component of managing our nation’s public lands and waters.[read more]

Sally Jewell, CEO of REI, Will Be Named As New Secretary Of The Interior

February 6, 2013 by Joseph Romm

News outlets reported this morning that President Obama will name Sally Jewell, CEO of the outdoor company REI, as his next Secretary of the Interior. The Department of the Interior is the agency responsible for the management of 1.7 billions acres of public lands. It oversees areas like national parks and national seashores, in addition to a significant amount of fossil and renewable energy development like solar energy and offshore wind.[read more]

Minerals Management Service and the Oil & Gas Industry: The wisdom of Solomon

May 11, 2010 by John Whitehead

The Interior Department plans to split the Minerals Management Service into two divisions, one focusing on gathering royalties from oil and gas companies and another focused on safety inspections, the department intends to announce Tuesday. ... The tiny agency currently plays dual roles, focusing on collecting money as well as on...[read more]

The Real Gulf Behind the Oil Disaster

May 10, 2010 by Osha Davidson

If you had been tracking the course of the BP-Deepwater Horizon oil gusher, or listening to media coverage about areas that were potentially threatened by the massive amounts of oil floating in the Gulf, you may have thought that experts knew where it’s likely to hit land. In a general sense, at least. That was never true. But it seemed...[read more]

Obama Administration Supports Cape Wind Project

April 28, 2010 by Hugh Bartling

US Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar was in Massachusetts today to announce that the Department of Interior is approving the Cape Cod offshore wind farm. The project has been incredibly contentious in Massachusetts, resulting in a nine-year delay on moving forward and the development of unusual political fissures in the state....[read more]

Markey Urges Interior to Move Forward with Cape Wind

November 13, 2009 by Tim Hurst

Middelgrunden offshore wind farm near Copenhagen, Denmark (photo: Wikimedia) Cape Wind officials praised Massachusetts Congressman Ed Markey for his letter to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar sent earlier this week, calling for him to move quickly to issue the final federal permit for Cape Wind before the U.N. Climate Change Conference in...[read more]