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Don’t ease offshore drilling rules, Frosh tells U.S. regulators (access required)

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.

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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, ...

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