Natural resources

Heather Richards

Reporter

202-446-0473

Heather covers offshore energy — oil, natural gas and wind — and drilling on public lands for E&E. She previously covered energy and the environment for The Casper Star-Tribune in Wyoming.

Latest Stories

PUBLIC LANDS

Senators mull solutions to $19B maintenance backlog

Senators and witnesses offered a slew of suggestions yesterday for closing the $19 billion gap between federal funding and maintenance needs on the nation's public lands, including options beyond the most popular suggestion — pulling funds from federal energy leasing revenues.

INTERIOR

Fossil fuel companies ordered to pay back royalties

Coal, oil and gas companies have six months to recalculate several years of royalties they owe the federal government, according to an Interior Department order yesterday in response to an April court decision restoring Obama-era accounting standards that the Trump administration had tried to trounce.