BLM Hydraulic Fracturing Rule Struck Down by Federal Court

On June 21, 2016, the U.S. District Court for the District of Wyoming (“District Court”) set aside the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management’s (“BLM’s”) “Hydraulic Fracturing on Federal and Indian Lands” rule, finding that the rul(…)

Department of the Interior Releases Semiannual Statement of Regulatory Priorities

The Department of the Interior has released its Statement of Regulatory Priorities, a subsection of which highlights the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)’s priorities on energy issues including hydraulic fracturing.  BLM’s stated highest regulatory pri(…)

U.S. House Approves Permit Processing Reform Measures

This week the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass a trio of key energy bills.  In addition to the bill that would limit federal regulation of hydraulic fracturing, the House also passed two bills that include provisions aimed at reforming fede(…)

Obama Selects Nominees for Key Energy Posts at Interior Department

In order to fill vacancies at the Department of the Interior, President Obama recently nominated Janice Schneider as Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management, a move welcomed by Secretary Sally Jewell.  Currently an environment and energy(…)

Interior Department Endorses FracFocus Chemical Disclosure Website

Despite criticism of FracFocus by several environmental and academic groups, the outgoing Deputy Secretary of the Interior Department recently suggested the FracFocus website may be an appropriate device for the public disclosure of chemicals used in(…)

Interior Department Extends Comment Period for Federal Lands Fracking Proposal

The U.S. Department of the Interior has extended the comment period by 60 days for the revised proposed rules for hydraulic fracturing on federal lands.  Interior Secretary Sally Jewell indicated that various interest groups had requested more time to(…)

Interior Releases Updated Draft Rules for Hydraulic Fracturing on Federal Lands

On May 16, 2013, the U.S. Department of Interior announced the release of its updated draft rules for hydraulic fracturing on federal lands.  The 30-day deadline for submitting comments on the new proposal will run from the date of publication of the(…)

Jewell Confirmed by Senate as Next Interior Secretary

Updating a previous post, this week Sally Jewell was reportedly approved by the Senate in a 87 to 11 vote to serve as the next Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior.  Jewell will oversee over 500 million acres of national parks and public l(…)

President Nominates Sally Jewell for Interior Secretary

President Obama announced on February 6th that he has nominated Sally Jewell to be the next Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior.  Ms. Jewell has been the president and CEO of outdoor retailer Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI) since 2005. (…)

Secretary of the Interior to Leave Position in March

On January 16, 2013, the U.S. Department of the Interior announced that its current Secretary, Ken Salazar, will leave his post in late March.  As Secretary, Salazar steered an expansion of renewable energy projects on federal lands, overhauled the re(…)