Interior Department

U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Deb Haaland speaks during a ceremony commemorating the 21st anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, on Sept. 11, 2022. (AP Photo/Barry Reeger, File)
Oct 3, 2022

Interior Department to require body cams for law enforcement

The U.S. Interior Department launched a set of new policies that would require thousands of law enforcement officers to wear body cameras.

Aug 7, 2018

Don’t ease offshore drilling rules, Frosh tells U.S. regulators

The U.S. Interior Department’s proposed relaxation of regulations designed to prevent another catastrophic offshore-drilling explosion could prove disastrous for the mid-Atlantic shoreline, Maryland’s attorney general wrote in a letter this week to regulators.

May 14, 2012

Mid-Atlantic wind transmission line clears hurdle

WASHINGTON — A huge underwater power line to serve wind farms planned off the East Coast cleared a regulatory hurdle Monday, although construction is still years away. The project, known as the Atlantic Wind Connection, would enable up to 7,000 megawatts of electricity to be produced at offshore wind farms from Virginia to New Jersey. […]

Apr 13, 2012

Obama creates working group on gas drilling

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration said Friday it is creating a high-level working group to coordinate federal oversight of natural gas production, amid industry complaints that excessive regulation could stymie a natural gas boom that has pushed prices to 10-year lows. In an executive order signed Friday, President Barack Obama said the group was needed […]

Mar 28, 2012

Plan moves forward for Atlantic seismic research

NORFOLK, Va. — The U.S. Interior Department said Wednesday it is seeking comment from the public on a plan to allow energy companies to begin seismic testing to find oil and natural gas reserves in the Atlantic Ocean. Officials have released a programmatic environmental impact statement on seismic testing for public review. The testing would […]

Jan 13, 2012

Obama seeks power to merge economic departments

WASHINGTON — Seeking more power to shrink the government, President Barack Obama on Friday suggested smashing six economic agencies into one, an election-year idea intended to halt bureaucratic nightmares and force Republicans to back him on one of their own favorite issues. “The government we have is not the government we need,” Obama told business […]

Feb 27, 2011

Lawyers seek to double fees in Indian claims case

WASHINGTON — Lawyers representing Native Americans helped win a record $3.4 billion settlement with the federal government. Now they want a judge to double their fees. Instead of being paid up to $99.9 million, as initially agreed, attorney Dennis Gingold says he other lawyers deserve at least $224 million for their work on the case […]

Feb 7, 2011

Feds fast-track mid-Atlantic offshore wind energy

NORFOLK, Va. — The U.S. Department of Energy said Monday it intends to spend $50 million to speed the development of offshore wind farms, with a goal of issuing leases off four Atlantic Coast states by the end of the year. The Interior Department said sites along the coasts of Maryland, Virginia, Delaware and New […]

Dec 16, 2010

Plan identifies best places for solar on US lands

LOS ANGELES — A draft plan identifying prime areas for solar energy projects on public lands in the Southwest was released Thursday by the Interior Department in an effort to speed up development. The draft identifies 24 so-called solar energy zones in California, Nevada, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona that have the highest potential […]

Dec 1, 2010

Chesapeake Bay Foundation applauds Obama drilling decision

ANNAPOLIS — The Chesapeake Bay Foundation says President Barack Obama made the right decision in not pursuing offshore drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico or along the East Coast. The foundation says an oil spill could devastate the Chesapeake Bay’s crab industry, and offshore drilling poses unjustifiable risks to the bay, the region’s tourism […]

Nov 23, 2010

Interior secretary to make wind power announcement Tuesday

BALTIMORE — Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is announcing an initiative designed to speed up wind energy projects along the Atlantic coast. Salazar is scheduled to appear at Fort McHenry in Baltimore on Tuesday with Gov. Martin O’Malley and Jim Lanard, president of the Offshore Wind Development Coalition. The announcement is being described by the Interior […]

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