Interior

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

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

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
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

Massive Reorganization of Interior Proposed by Trump Administration

Department of Interior (DOI) Secretary Ryan Zinke said a massive reorganization is being considered for the agency, which may include managing federal lands by watersheds rather than political borders, and through relocating employees to field offices across the country.

January 11, 2018

Brief — GOM Lease Sale

The Department of Interior, in the Trump administration’s first Gulf of Mexico (GOM) lease sale for 2017-2022, plans to offer 75.9 million acres for auction offshore Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, almost three million more acresand nearly 500 blocks more than originally proposed. Lease Sale 249 on Aug. 16 is scheduled to be livestreamed from New Orleans. The final notice of saleincludes about 14,200 blocks from three to 231 miles offshore in the GOM. For leases awarded in waters less than 200 meters deep, Interior is offering a reduced royalty rate of 12.5%versus the previous standard of 18.75%. Copies of the block maps may be requested from the GOM Region’s Public Information Unit, 1201 Elmwood Park Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70123, or at 800-200-GULF.

July 14, 2017
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