Idle permit total tops 'record high' amid streamlining push
As the Bureau of Land Management's backlog of outstanding applications to drill on public lands shrinks, the number of tracts that have been approved for development but have gone unused is on the rise.
Greens, tribes sue to stop BLM stay
Environmental and tribal citizen groups yesterday challenged the Interior Department's postponement of an Obama administration rule to curb methane emissions from energy operations on public lands.
OIL AND GAS
Zinke's order aims to fulfill onshore industry wish list
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke yesterday signed his fourth administrative order to align his department with President Trump's goal of reaching U.S. "energy dominance."
EPA ruling is not precedent for new lawsuit on BLM delay
A decision this week to restart an Obama-era U.S. EPA regulation capping methane emissions from new oil and gas sources offers few clues as to where a district court may fall on a new challenge around the Interior Department's postponement of limits on the same greenhouse gas on public lands.
Enviros sue to stop Wyo. leases
Environmental groups are calling on the courts to void sets of oil and gas leases issued in Wyoming and prohibit the Bureau of Land Management from making further leasing decisions before taking a hard look at climate impacts from drilling.