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BOEM Postpones Offshore Oil and Gas Lease Sale 261 Amid Tussle over Rice’s Whale Impacts

BOEM Postpones Offshore Oil and Gas Lease Sale 261 Amid Tussle over Rice’s Whale Impacts

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has postponed an offshore oil and natural gas lease sale previously scheduled for Wednesday (Sept. 27), but the sale must occur by Nov. 8, following a federal court order. The order issued Monday by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit marks the latest development in…

September 27, 2023
‘Unprecedented Lapse’ in U.S. Offshore Oil, Natural Gas Leasing Imminent, Warns Industry

‘Unprecedented Lapse’ in U.S. Offshore Oil, Natural Gas Leasing Imminent, Warns Industry

Hope is fading that the Department of the Interior (DOI) will hold offshore oil and gas lease sales anytime soon, industry lobbyists said Tuesday. “The Biden administration’s lack of progress on offshore leasing is a clear example of the large gap between rhetoric and reality,” the American Petroleum Institute’s (API) Frank Macchiarola, senior vice president…

March 30, 2022
DOI Approves Issuance of Right-of-Way Permits for Alaska LNG Project

DOI Approves Issuance of Right-of-Way Permits for Alaska LNG Project

The Department of the Interior (DOI) has approved the issuance of rights-of-way permits across federal lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and National Park Service (NPS) for the Alaska Liquified Natural Gas (Alaska LNG) project. Two months ago FERC authorized Alaska Gasline Development Corp.’s (AGDC) plans to liquefy and export natural gas…

July 27, 2020

Court Rejects Trump Repeal of Obama-Era Oil, NatGas Valuation Rule

A federal judge in California has struck down the Trump administration’s repeal of an Obama-era rule that amended how the government calculates royalties for oil, natural gas and coal produced on public and tribal lands.

April 17, 2019
Interior’s Proposed Reorganization Backed by Energy Industry Groups

Interior’s Proposed Reorganization Backed by Energy Industry Groups

Trade associations representing the oil and natural gas industry expressed support for the Department of Interior (DOI) proposal to reorganize into 12 “unified regions,” indicating the move should lead to faster permitting and more efficient regulatory oversight of federal lands it manages.

August 31, 2018

Wyoming Big Game Mitigation Plan to Defer Some Oil, Natural Gas Lease Sales

The Department of Interior plans to prioritize conservation of a mule deer migration corridor in southwest Wyoming through both deferred oil and gas lease sales and lease stipulations, Secretary Ryan Zinke and Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead said Wednesday.

August 3, 2018

Zinke Says Interior Must Partner With Industry to Better Understand Energy Sector Technology

With a workforce of about 70,000 employees, many of whom are older and set to retire within the next five years, Secretary Ryan Zinke said the Department of the Interior (DOI) must partner with the natural gas industry in order to get a firmer grasp of emerging technology in the energy sector.

June 29, 2018

House GOP Tacks Amendments Targeting Obama-Era Rules to Appropriations Bill

House lawmakers last week postponed debate over an appropriations bill to fund the Department of Interior (DOI) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the next fiscal year, but not until after Republican lawmakers successfully tacked on a pair of amendments targeting two controversial Obama-era rules.

September 11, 2017

BOEM Awards 153 Tracts, Rejects 10 Bids from GOM Lease Sale in March

The Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) this week awarded 153 tracts to companies that bid in March to explore for oil and natural gas in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM), but 10 high bids were rejected.

June 28, 2017

Interior Embarks on Regulatory Reform Program

Following through on one of President Trump’s executive orders (EO), the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) has launched a regulatory reform package and is seeking public comments on its potentially sweeping scope.

June 23, 2017
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