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High Ethical Standards Will Rule Interior Department, Salazar Vows

High Ethical Standards Will Rule Interior Department, Salazar Vows

WASHINGTON, DC, January 23, 2009 (ENS) – The Obama administration’s new Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, has promised that high ethical standards will be the norm at the department that has been plagued with scandals under the Bush administration. In an address to thousands of Interior Department employees Thursday broadcast live by satellite to…

Feds Put Positive Spin on Offshore Wind Farm, Critics Persist

Feds Put Positive Spin on Offshore Wind Farm, Critics Persist

BOSTON, Massachusetts, January 19, 2009 (ENS) – America’s first offshore wind farm has moved closer to the construction stage now that the federal government has released a favorable Final Environmental Impact Statement on the project. The Minerals Management Service Friday issued a 2,800-page FEIS on the Cape Wind project planned for Nantucket Sound off the…

Texas Approved for Coastal Impact Assistance Grants

Texas Approved for Coastal Impact Assistance Grants

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas, January 13, 2009 (ENS) – Texas coastal protection and restoration projects in 18 shoreline counties will soon receive an infusion of cash from the federal government. Minerals Management Service Director Randall Luthi Monday signed the Texas Coastal Impact Assistance Program Plan, CIAP, making available more than $48 million through federal grants. This…

Federal Offshore Drilling Plan for Virginia Opposed

Federal Offshore Drilling Plan for Virginia Opposed

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia, January 13, 2009 (ENS) – The Southern Environmental Law Center, SELC, on behalf of itself and three other organizations, has called on the U.S. Department of Interior to abandon plans to open the Virginia coast to oil or gas drilling. In a letter to the Minerals Management Service Monday, the law center detailed…

Oil Spill Off California Reminder of Offshore Drilling Danger

Oil Spill Off California Reminder of Offshore Drilling Danger

CARPINTERIA, California, December 9, 2008 (ENS) – More than 70 people from federal, state and private sector organizations worked today to clean up an undetermined amount of oil that spilled from a platform off the coast of Santa Barbara County on Sunday. The California Department of Fish and Game Office of Spill Prevention and Response,…

House Approves Offshore Drilling Bill

House Approves Offshore Drilling Bill

WASHINGTON, DC, September 17, 2008 (ENS) – Legislation to increase domestic energy supplies through expanded offshore drilling and investment in renewable energy and conservation won approval in the U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday by a vote of 236-189. If passed by the Senate and signed by the president, the Comprehensive American Energy Security and Consumer…

Exxon Let PCBs Leak for Years Off Santa Barbara Coast

Exxon Let PCBs Leak for Years Off Santa Barbara Coast

LOS ANGELES, California, August 25, 2008 (ENS) – Between 2002 and 2005, two large electrical transformers on an Exxon Mobil offshore oil and gas platform in the Santa Barbara Channel leaked nearly 400 gallons of fluid contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls, PCBs. That long leak off the coast of Southern California has cost the Exxon Mobil…

Natives, Conservationists Sue to Block Chukchi Sea Oil Leasing

Natives, Conservationists Sue to Block Chukchi Sea Oil Leasing

JUNEAU, Alaska, February 1, 2008 (ENS) – A coalition of Alaska natives and conservation groups filed a lawsuit in federal court Thursday challenging oil drilling in the Chukchi Sea, which lies above the Arctic Circle between Alaska and Russia. Thirty million acres of polar bear, walrus, and whale habitat in the Chukchi Sea are scheduled…

U.S. Lawmakers Hot Over Polar Bear Decisions

U.S. Lawmakers Hot Over Polar Bear Decisions

WASHINGTON, DC, January 17, 2008 (ENS) – Key polar bear habitat should be held off limits to oil and gas drilling until federal wildlife officials have determined whether the species should be listed for protection under the Endangered Species Act, the chair of the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming said today.…