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Obama to open up 1.8 million Alaskan acres to drilling

Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- The Interior Department is offering oil and gas leases on 1.8 million acres of Alaska's National Petroleum Reserve while pro...

Interior Department Opening Colorado's North Park To Gas And Oil Drilling

The Denver Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Over the protests of conservation groups, federal land managers are moving to open 11,160 acres of North Park for gas and oil drilling. The valley ...

Reading the Pictures: The BP Boys

Michael Shaw | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Michael Shaw

2010-05-04-bpboys.jpgSeems like an all-too-familiar drill this past year, putting human faces to offending corporations.

Weekly Mulch: Oil rig sinks, as does Senate climate bill

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
The Media Consortium

by Sarah Laskow, Media Consortium blogger Two disasters flared up this week, one environmental, the other political. Off the coast of Louisiana, oil f...

PHOTOS: The Week In Colorado News

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

In an interesting week of Colorado news, the University of Colorado Board of Regents delivered some tough news to Colorado students. Meanwhile, in a ...

Gulf Oil Spill: Ken Salazar Faces Calls For His Resignation

Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Is Ken Salazar the next head to roll, as a result of the gulf oil disaster? Last week, Elizabeth Birnbaum quit under pressure as head of the Interior ...

Obama, Salazar's Alleged Secret Plan For Vermillion Basin National Monument Draws Legislative Response

Denver Daily | Peter Marcus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

The debate over designating new national monuments across the West continues, despite guarantees by President Obama's administration that there is no ...

Only Transparency Can Permanently Fix the Mess at the MMS

Karin Lissakers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Karin Lissakers

The way to clean up the mess in the Interior Department and in our waters is to shine enough light to make dealings between industry and government transparent to all of us.

Obama to BP: "Disperse!"

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Rick Horowitz

High on that list of new actions to deal with the oil-spill crisis, according to well-placed sources, is a plan to drop hundreds of thousands of gallons of chemical dispersant on senior BP executives.

Green News Report -- May 25, 2010 (Audio)

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app! IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: New Rules for ...

Offshore Drilling Regulators Let Oil Companies Fill Out Their Own Inspection Reports

New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON -- Federal regulators responsible for oversight of drilling in the Gulf of Mexico allowed industry officials several years ago to fill in t...

Salazar a Flop as Mr. Fix-It

Sean Paige | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Sean Paige

Ken Salazar's stock has fallen even more with me since he became Interior Secretary. Two recent actions illustrate why.

Chris Oynes, MMS Official, To Step Down In Wake Of Gulf Oil Spill

Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Chrys Oynes, the associate director of Offshore Energy and Minerals Management at the Minerals Management Service will retire May 31, reports The Wash...

Ken Salazar: New Utah Monuments Not A Hidden Agenda

Salt Lake Tribune | Thomas Burr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Washington -- Interior Secretary Ken Salazar told a Senate committee Wednesday that there is no "hidden federal agenda" to unilaterally designate nati...

Interior Department Leaks Memos Indicating Possible Creation Of New Protected Areas In Colorado

Grand Junction Daily Sentinel | Gary Harmon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver


Uncle Sam Complicit in Killing Colorado Forests

Sean Paige | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Sean Paige

It was reported several weeks ago that the beetle blight sweeping through Colorado is slowing somewhat. The bad news: It's slowing because huge swaths of forest are dead.

One Page In Cheating

Jeff Kreisler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Jeff Kreisler

Not content to wait for "This Week In Cheating," recently a single newspaper page held enough cheating for a whole seven days.

Josh Penry, Scott McInnis Try To Tie Bill Ritter To Obama On Oil Shale

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel | Gary Harmon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

The two Grand Junction Republicans hoping to replace Gov. Bill Ritter said a federal oil shale decision supported by Ritter offers little hope to the ...

The Best Colorado Scandals Of The Decade (VOTE)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Colorado has been the scene of some of the country's biggest scandals over the last ten years. From an arch-conservative pastor busted for soliciting...

Shell Wins Federal Approval To Drill For Oil Off Alaska Coast

Washington Post | Steven Mufson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

The Interior Department has given Shell approval to drill oil exploration wells in two leaseholds in the Beaufort Sea, which could lead to the first d...

In Harm's Way: The Arctic Wild

Trip Van Noppen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Trip Van Noppen

Obama's crucial decisions will determine whether America's Arctic will survive and thrive or be sacrificed to destructive and dangerous oil and gas drilling.

Secretary Salazar: The Everyman of Obama's Cabinet

ProPublica | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Ken Salazar has up to $200,000 in outstanding debt, a sharp contrast to the many millionaires serving in Obama's cabinet and on his senior staff.

Former Interior Dept. Official Pleads Guilty To Accepting Kickbacks

Washington Post | Derek Kravitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A former Interior Department official pleaded guilty yesterday to accepting $15,000 in kickbacks from an insurance company in exchange for arranging m...

We Need Change at Interior, Not More of the Same

Michael Markarian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Markarian

Obama faces a choice between a new direction that would place environmental conservation above corporate interests, and a pick similar to past selections at the Department of the Interior.

EPA, Interior Department Face Most Radical Post-Bush Overhaul

Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Few federal agencies are expected to undergo as radical a transformation under President-elect Barack Obama as the Environmental Protection Agency and...