In November, Department of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced that the agency is “conducting a comprehensive review of our onshore programs to find out how we can make them more efficient and more rational.” Now is the perfect time for the Secretary to step back and examine the BLM oil and gas program to ensure it allows for the development, conservation and protection of all of the resources BLM is entrusted to manage; not just the oil and gas resources but clean air and water, healthy w
In 2009 you helped us begin to tear down the destructive environmental legacy of the Bush administration. Our members and supporters sent more than 1 million letters to decision makers, while our staff worked closely with the incoming administration and Congress.
The oil and gas industry has been promoting Alaska’s North Slope as the gold standard for “clean” oil development, asserting that new technology has shrunk industry’s footprint and will make future development less harmful to the environment.
The facts tell a different story.
Broken Promises, a new Wilderness Society report, calls attention to the gaps between promise and reality, casting doubt on the assurances issued by Arctic drilling proponents.
Earlier this month, President of the American Petroleum Institute (API) Jack Gerard sent a letter to Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar stating his “concern” with the fact that the Department of the Interior is using some of its stimulus money to fast-track the permitting process for 32 renewable energy projects that will be shovel-ready by December 2010.
I’m in The Big Easy today to engage in a national dialog on redeveloping brownfields for renewable energy. (Brownfields are parcels of land that have been previously used for industrial purposes). The Environmental Protection Agency, under the leadership of Assistant Administrator Mathy Stanislaus, is doing some exciting things to capitalize on this remarkable opportunity.
Proponents of oil development in Alaska have been making promises, and breaking them, for decades. More than thirty years of industrial activity in Alaska have demonstrated that oil production is inherently a dirty business. Despite the industry’s best intentions to minimize impacts, environmental and social effects are accumulating and resulting in lasting harm to ecosystems and indigenous cultures.
There is a place in south-central Wyoming’s Red Desert region that is so wild and pristine the state designated the area as "Very Rare or Uncommon" back in 2007. While locals recognized the major significance of this spectacular wilderness and spiritual place, Adobe Town was facing a serious threat from a proposal by the Bureau of Land Management to open the area up to oil and gas development.
The Department of the Interior is calling for an investigation of a Bush-era deal on oil shale leases that grossly favored industry over American taxpayers.
The investigation, announced Oct. 20, will look into excessively low royalty rates and other benefits that were tacked onto oil shale research-and-development leases in the final days of Bush administration.