Law Professors, Former Interior Officials Urge Court to Overturn BLM Ruling

Four former high-ranking officials at the Interior Department and nearly 40 law professors are urging an appellate court to overturn a ruling by a federal judge in Wyoming that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) does not have the authority to enforce a rule governing hydraulic fracturing (fracking) on public and tribal lands.

August 23, 2016
Montana Leaseholder to Keep Fighting Interior Cancellations

Montana Leaseholder to Keep Fighting Interior Cancellations

The lead attorney for the Mountain States Legal Foundation (MSLF) told the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Monday that Solenex LLC plans to file an amendment to its 2013 legal challenge of the U.S. Interior Department’s inaction and eventual cancellations of 18 oil and gas leases on federal lands in Montana.

March 30, 2016

Sage Grouse Protection Boosted by Interior’s Natural Resource Investment Center

Efforts by western states and the energy industry to enhance habitat protections for the greater sage grouse should benefit from the recently unveiled U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) Natural Resource Investment Center, said Secretary Sally Jewell.

December 21, 2015

Interior Says Royalties on Federal Lands Down $3.5 Billion

The Interior Department said “substantially lower oil and gas prices” impacted royalties from energy production on federal and Indian lands and offshore areas in 2015, resulting in a decline of more than $3.5 billion to states, Indian tribes, the Treasury Department and others.

November 30, 2015

Interior to Cancel Contested Leases in Montana’s Lewis and Clark National Forest

Following years of delay and legal wrangling, the Department of the Interior said Monday it plans to cancel 18 natural gas and oil leases in Montana’s Lewis and Clark National Forest.

November 25, 2015

Interior Doesn’t Shut Door on Future Arctic Exploration

The Obama administration on Friday imposed more barriers to explore for oil and natural gas offshore Alaska, angering state officials, legislators and industry groups, but the Department of Interior indicated that it hasn’t ruled out future exploration activity.

October 19, 2015

Interior Downplays Impact of Budget Bill on Sage Grouse

Interior Department officials on Friday remained optimistic that state-federal measures dealing with protecting the sage grouse will be worked out despite a Congressional move in the trillion-dollar omnibus appropriations bill to include a provision barring the federal department from moving forward on Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections (see Daily GPI, Dec. 11 ).

December 12, 2014

Alaska Suing USFWS for Right to Assess ANWR Coastal Plain

The state of Alaska has filed a lawsuit challenging the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's (USFWS) refusal to consider the state's exploration plan for the coastal plain, or 1002 Area, of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR).

March 14, 2014

Senate Panel Votes Out Interior, DOE Nominations

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee passed the nominations by a voice vote, without opposition.

October 9, 2013

States Await Return of Sequestered Royalties from Interior

Royalties withheld by the U.S. Department of Interior for fiscal year (FY) 2013, estimated at $109 million to date, will be returned to the states in FY 2014, but when that happens remains a question, according to a spokesman for Interior’s Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR).

September 12, 2013