Interior Secretary

RWE Struggles To Remain Profitable, Mulls Closing Garzweiler Mine

MidAmerican Energy Holdings, a unit of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, has agreed to buy nearly 450 2.3-megawatt wind turbines – with an estimated collective value of over $1 billion – from Siemens. “MidAmerican is expanding in wind as costs fall.” [Bloomberg] China’s move to tackle air pollution could push major Australian coal mining operations from… Keep reading →

Gulf Oil Spill Begins To Reach Land As BP Struggles To Contain Leak

The Senate has unanimously approved a bill to implement the U.S.-Mexico Transboundary Hydrocarbons Agreement aimed to facilitate offshore drilling cooperation in the Gulf of Mexico. On October 12, 2013, the Senate unanimously approved S. 812 to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to implement the 2012 U.S.-Mexico Transboundary Hydrocarbons Agreement. The agreement establishes a legal… Keep reading →

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

The Interior Department held a live online chat with Secretary Sally Jewell yesterday in advance of National Public Lands Day on September 28. Naturally, questions arose about how the Department manages competing calls to use public lands to generate more domestic energy, and to keep energy development off of public lands. Secretary Jewell suggested that… Keep reading →

Trans-Alaska Pipeline

Last Friday, Alaska Governor Sean Parnell reacted to the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s rejection of the state’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) exploration plan. Parnell has been pushing to open up a section of ANWR to exploration, and submitted a proposal earlier this year to the Secretary of the Interior to conduct 3-D seismic… Keep reading →