New policy at Interior’s in-house watchdog clamps down on interactions with press

Read the full story in The Hill» A new policy rolled out by the Interior Department’s inspector general puts strict limits on the office’s interactions with reporters. The press office for the agency’s internal watchdog, which is investigating a number of Interior officials, including Secretary David Bernhardt, is now prohibited from providing journalists with information on […]

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Trump administration delayed releasing documents related to Yellowstone superintendent’s firing

Read the full story in The Hill» The release of internal documents sought by The Hill related to the replacement last year of Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Dan Wenk were delayed by the Interior Department under a new rule that gives political appointees more say over what is released. Interior political officials held back the release of […]

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Number of criminal environmental cases referred to DOJ by Interior at nearly 25-year low

Read the full story in The Hill» The number of criminal environmental enforcement cases brought by the Interior Department has decreased by nearly 40 percent since 2016, according to internal data shared with The Hill. Criminal environmental cases that often deal with unlicensed big-game hunting, illegal drug running, or oil and gas theft have all dropped […]

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Trump signs permit to jump-start delayed construction of Keystone XL pipeline

Read the full story in The Hill»President Trump on Friday signed a presidential permit to jump-start construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline with a facility in Montana, a move seen as a way to circumvent previous court orders halting development. The permit authorizes energy company TransCanada Corp. to “construct, connect, operate, and maintain” pipeline facilities between the U.S. […]

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Judge temporarily halts drilling on Wyoming public lands over climate change

Read the full story in The Hill» A federal judge late Tuesday temporarily blocked oil and gas drilling on thousands of acres of public land in Wyoming, ruling that the Trump administration failed to “sufficiently consider climate change.” The decision by Judge Rudolph Contreras of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia found that the U.S. […]

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