U.S. Department of the Interior Releases Review of Shell Oil 2012 Arctic Drilling Operations – The Press Conference

By: Thursday March 14, 2013 2:49 pm

At 4:30 PM, Washington DC time Thursday, outgoing Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar and others, held a press conference to announce the release of their expedited 60-day review of Shell’s 2012 Alaska Arctic drilling operations, which were plagued by a series of fiascos.


Sunday Late Night: “Carved in Stone” Bites the Dust

By: Sunday January 15, 2012 8:01 pm

Another American cliche bites the dust, thanks to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar (who hasn’t done a lot I like until this). Faced with overwhelming outrage, voiced eloquently and led by poet Maya Angelou, over a misleading and truncated quote of the Reverend Dr Martin Luther King Jr carved into his national memorial on the Mall, Secretary Salazar decided that “carved in stone” needn’t mean irrevocably permanent, when a wrong has been done.

Tell Ken Salazar: Force Full Disclosure of Fracking Chemicals Going Into Our Drinking Water

By: Wednesday September 28, 2011 12:40 pm

Halliburton and other big energy companies have been successful in keeping the chemicals they are using for natural gas fracking “proprietary.” Likewise, the way in which they dispose of fracking waste water is a mystery, thanks to loopholes afforded by millions of dollars in lobbying and donations to elected officials. Sign the petition and help us force Ken Salazar to require drilling companies to disclose the chemicals they use.

With Obama’s Giordano Bruno-ization of Dr. Charles Monnett in Alaska, We See the Merging of the War on Science and the War on Whistleblowers

By: Saturday August 6, 2011 7:00 pm

Two more organizations, neither from Alaska, have joined Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility in search of more transparency in the Obama administration’s pursuit of Anchorage-based Polar bear expert, Dr. Charles Monnett. Greenpeace US and the Center for Biological Diversity sent a letter on Thursday to Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, and White House Office of Science & Technology Policy Director, Dr. John Holdren, raising their grave concerns that Dr. Monnett is being pursued as part of a political agenda.

Administration Announces Offshore Drilling Rules, Stands Strong on Deepwater Moratorium

By: Thursday September 30, 2010 4:25 pm

The Interior Department moved forward today with new offshore drilling rules without moving up the end of the moratorium.

Obama Administration Will Announce New Deepwater Drilling Moratorium

By: Saturday July 10, 2010 10:30 am

But uncertainty over the situation—and the administration’s plans to impose a new moratorium while it investigates the causes of the explosion that triggered the well blowout — are keeping the drilling rigs shut.

Are DOJ and DOI Making a Competent Legal Effort on Gulf Moratorium?

By: Tuesday July 6, 2010 7:00 am

If the Obama Administration and Interior Department Secretary Ken Salazar truly believe in the propriety of their six-month moratorium, and are dedicated to fighting through appeal for it, why are their lawyers not acting like it? Are they really not trying because they really don’t care, or are they just sloppy and incompetent? It’s one or the other.

Low Tide for Ethics in the Gulf: Judge Feldman’s Conflicts and DOJ Malpractice

By: Monday June 28, 2010 3:40 pm

Oiled up BP Judge Martin Feldman was required by both statutory and ethical considerations to recuse himself; at a absolute base minimum to disclose his appearances of conflict on the record; but he did neither. Any competent standard of lawyering would mandate the government to raise the issue if they are going to fight Feldman’s ruling; but they have not. The public ought to be asking what the hell is going on here.

Salazar: “No Amount of Regulation Would Have Prevented” BP Oil Disaster; MMS Continues to Permit Without Review

By: Monday June 21, 2010 8:21 am

A legitimate Minerals Management Service could have known about the leaking blowout preventer before the blast. It could have acted on the inherent problems with the blind shear ram and the oil industry’s failsafe measures in general (blowout preventers have a 45% failure rate, according to a confidential Transocean report). But we didn’t have a legitimate MMS to deal with this disaster. We have 62 regulators dealing with over 4,000 offshore rigs in the Gulf of Mexico.

Before the Sierra Club’s New Director Invites Guests Over, He Needs to Clean House

By: Thursday June 17, 2010 2:20 pm

While I’m pleased to see Michael wants to welcome Jane Hamsher and other progressives to the Sierra Club under his watch, I’m waiting for Michael to do what any good host does before he throws a housewarming party: clean the house.

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