Interior

Interior Punts Trump-Era Reforms to Oil, Natural Gas Royalty, Migratory Bird Rules

Interior Punts Trump-Era Reforms to Oil, Natural Gas Royalty, Migratory Bird Rules

In the continued back-and-forth machinations to scuttle Trump-era rules, the Interior Department is axing regulations put in place last year, including rules that eliminated millions in revenue from fossil fuel extraction. In early January, the Trump administration finalized a makeover of Obama-era royalties reforms known as the 2020 Valuation Reform and Civil Penalty Rule. The…

September 30, 2021
Legal Battles Loom as Biden Order Pauses Federal Oil, Natural Gas Leasing

Legal Battles Loom as Biden Order Pauses Federal Oil, Natural Gas Leasing

The U.S. oil and gas industry reacted with dismay and the first of perhaps multiple lawsuits Wednesday ahead of an executive order (EO) by President Biden directing the Department of the Interior (DOI) to pause new oil and natural gas leasing on federal lands and offshore waters. The EO published Wednesday afternoon follows a 60-day…

January 27, 2021

Trump Administration Reportedly Tabling Offshore Drilling Expansion Indefinitely

A proposal to expand offshore oil and natural gas drilling has been tabled indefinitely, Interior Secretary David Bernhardt reportedly said on Thursday.

April 25, 2019
Trump to Tap Acting Interior Chief Bernhardt to Succeed Zinke

Trump to Tap Acting Interior Chief Bernhardt to Succeed Zinke

President Trump said he plans to nominate David Bernhardt to lead the Department of Interior in an official capacity.

February 5, 2019

Trump Eyeing Several Oil, Gas Industry Backers to Replace Zinke at Interior

Department of Interior Deputy Secretary David Bernhardt is said to be on the short list to take over after embattled Interior chief Ryan Zinke, who is facing a litany of congressional investigations, told President Trump over the weekend that he is stepping down.

December 17, 2018

Energy Industry Supporter Bernhardt Reportedly Eyed to Replace Zinke at Interior

Department of Interior Deputy Secretary David Bernhardt is said to be on the short list to take over after embattled Interior chief Ryan Zinke, who is facing a litany of congressional investigations, told President Trump over the weekend that he is stepping down.

December 17, 2018
Federal Land Revenue Surges $400M in 2017, Boosted by Oil, Gas Production

Federal Land Revenue Surges $400M in 2017, Boosted by Oil, Gas Production

Increased oil and natural gas production, as well as regulatory reform and other factors, led to a $400 million surge in economic output on federal lands during the first year of the Trump administration, according to a report by the Interior Department.

November 20, 2018

Increased Oil, Gas Production Boosts Interior Lands Revenue by $400M in 2017

Increased oil and natural gas production, as well as regulatory reform and other factors, led to a $400 million surge in economic output on federal lands during the first year of the Trump administration, according to a report by the Interior Department.

November 19, 2018

Interior Embracing Transparency, ‘Best Available Science’ in Rulemaking

The Interior Department has ordered its bureaus and offices to base its decisions “on the best available science,” and to make any scientific data, analyses and methodologies used for a rulemaking available to the public.

October 10, 2018

Interior Deferring to States, Reviewing Fish, Wildlife Protections

In a development sure to impact the oil and gas industry, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said state regulatory agencies should have a higher profile in protecting fish and wildlife, and asked his department to identify federal regulations that are more restrictive than those enacted by states.

September 12, 2018
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