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Department of the Interior

November 9, 2019, 11am PST
The federal government was considering a plan to raise the height of the dam on California's largest reservoir. But the area’s water district recently announced that it will not continue with an environmental study of the project.
High Country News
September 29, 2019, 9am PDT
Utah's Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is under severe assault from the Trump administration, Stephen Trimble writes. Long the focus of preservation efforts, the protected land is being opened up for extractive uses.
The Hill
December 31, 2018, 11am PST
Zinke’s tenure at the Interior Department was not lengthy, but the damage he inflicted will be long-lasting.
Vox
May 28, 2018, 7am PDT
The U.S. offshore wind industry has gained momentum in the past year and a half.
Vox
April 24, 2018, 9am PDT
As the Department of the Interior auctions off 'vast swaths' of American wilderness to oil and gas companies, fiscal conservatives and conservationists alike wonder if it’s the right thing at the right time.
Houston Chronicle
March 18, 2018, 7am PDT
Despite state opposition and potential violations of California law, the Trump Administration has revived a project that was deemed impracticable only a few years ago.
Los Angeles Times
March 16, 2018, 10am PDT
After recent resignations, there's a new part of the job description: "maintain a sort of firewall between their scientific work and any political agendas."
Pacific Standard
January 20, 2018, 11am PST
Nine out of 12 members of the National Park Service advisory board resigned this week, saying that the Department of the Interior "showed no interest in learning about or continuing to use the forward-thinking agenda of science," among other claims.
National Public Radio
July 25, 2017, 1pm PDT
The confirmation of David Bernhardt as Deputy Secretary of the Interior has upset environmentalists and advocates for public land.
The Washington Post
June 6, 2017, 8am PDT
Western governors are concerned with signals from the Trump Administration about its intentions to kill a compromise deal to protect 165 million acres of habitat for the sage grouse.
The Denver Post
March 20, 2017, 7am PDT
The first and only federal regulation overseeing the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing on federal lands has been withdrawn upon orders issued by Ryan Zinke, the Secretary of the Interior.
E&E News [Subscription]
January 18, 2017, 7am PST
The Obama Administration's Department of the Interior released their report on coal mining on federal lands just days before the Trump team takes office.
The New York Times
December 15, 2016, 9am PST
Days earlier the presumed nominee was Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington, a member of the GOP congressional leadership, but Zinke's interview with Don Trump Jr., the president's son, appears to have caused the change.
The Washington Post - Energy and Environment
December 12, 2016, 7am PST
President-elect Donald Trump is reported to have selected Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, a Republican from Washington, for Secretary of the Department of Interior. Also, "Climate McCarthyism" emerges as a concern for federal employees.
Reuters via Yahoo News
October 31, 2016, 6am PDT
Will the acquittal of seven defendants in a U.S. district court who used force to occupy the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon last January embolden other takeovers of public lands by resentful ranchers or militia?
High Country News
June 23, 2016, 12pm PDT
Opponents of federal oversight rejoice: a ruling by U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl reiterates the limitations of the federal government to regulate fracking.
KUOW
May 9, 2016, 11am PDT
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell expressed a surprisingly pro-industry viewpoint in response to the growing "keep it in the ground" environmental movement.
The Desert Sun
April 24, 2016, 9am PDT
An editorial from a surprising source argues for an honest discussion about the unintended consequences of uncritical exuberance.
High Country News
November 12, 2015, 1pm PST
The potential for offshore wind power along the Atlantic Coast has moved closer to reality in fits and starts. Recent leases, however, indicate what the future of the industry could looks like.
The Hill
May 9, 2015, 7am PDT
Back in January 2015, the Obama Administration pitched a proposal to allow offshore oil exploration along the Atlantic Coast. As more local stakeholders reveal their verdicts on the idea, some are finding reason to oppose.
The Virginian-Pilot