July 13, 2012
by Cody Harding
On July 13, 2010, US Interior Secretary Ken Salazar issued a six month drilling moratorium because of safety concerns based on new evidence from the BP oil spill. The moratorium targeted specific drilling technologies and affected only deep water drilling operations. The ban was lifted in ...[read more]
July 10, 2012
by Dan Taglioli
A coalition of environmental protection organizations sued the US Department of the Interior, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and other officials on Tuesday in an effort to block offshore oil drilling by Royal Dutch Shell in Alaska's Beaufort and Chukchi Seas. The lawsuit was filed in the US ...[read more]
June 25, 2012
by Garrett Eisenhour
On June 25, 2010, the US Department of Justice asked the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to stay a district court ruling to lift a six-month moratorium on deepwater drilling. US Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar confirmed the appeal, stating that the ban on deepwater drilling was the ...[read more]
April 30, 2011
by Erin Bock
Utah Governor Gary Herbert announced on Friday that the state of Utah filed a complaint in the US District Court for the District of Utah against the Department of the Interior (DOI) regarding an order issued by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar in December. Secretarial Order 3310 created a ...[read more]
February 10, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On February 10, 2009, US Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced plans to reverse offshore drilling policies established by former US president George W. Bush at the end of his presidency. The move came as part of a larger effort by the administration of President Barack Obama to create a ...[read more]
November 4, 2010
by Maureen Cosgrove
A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana on Wednesday dismissed claims challenging the Obama Administration's moratorium on deepwater drilling, which was enacted following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. US District Judge Martin Feldman said ...[read more]
October 24, 2010
by Dwyer Arce
The Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit Friday against Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, seeking to have the deepwater drilling moratorium reinstated. The lawsuit, filed in the US District Court for the District of Columbia, argues that Salazar's order to lift the ban without conducting ...[read more]
October 13, 2010
by Daniel Richey
US Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced Tuesday the end of a six-month moratorium on certain types of deepwater oil drilling some seven weeks ahead of schedule. In a letter issuing the order to Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) director Michael Bromwich, ...[read more]
October 1, 2010
by Daniel Makosky
US Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on Thursday announced new guidelines intended to increase the safety of offshore drilling. The Drilling Safety Rule addresses specifications for and oversight of flow control mechanisms and well bore integrity, while the Workplace Safety Rule mandates the ...[read more]
August 16, 2010
by Hillary Stemple
US Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced Monday that environmental reviews will be required for all new deepwater drilling, temporarily halting exemptions that allowed oil companies to drill without environmental impact statements. The process for exemptions was created under the ...[read more]

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