Interior Department

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Feds Aren’t Inspecting 4 In 10 Higher-Risk Wells

Four in 10 new oil and gas wells near national forests and fragile watersheds or otherwise identified as higher pollution risks escape federal inspection, unchecked by an agency struggling to keep pace with America’s drilling boom.

06/16/2014

The Black Forest Fire on June 11 (credit: CBS)

As Wildfires Rage, Feds Cut Funding On Prevention

As the West battles one catastrophic wildfire after another, the federal government is spending less and less on its main program for preventing blazes in the first place.

06/20/2013

The Indian Gulch Fire in 2011 (credit: CBS)

Feds Send Colorado $19M In Wildfire Funds

The federal government on Monday belatedly sent $67 million in disaster relief to 15 states, with the biggest share going to Colorado to help recovery from last year’s devastating wildfires.

06/10/2013

Firefighters clear brush inside Rocky Mountain National Park near the Fern Lake Fire area on Sunday. (credit: CBS)

Forest Service To Hire 500 Fewer Firefighters As Wildfire Season Begins

As dry conditions set the stage for another difficult fire season, the Forest Service said Tuesday it will hire 500 fewer firefighters than last year because of automatic spending cuts imposed by Congress.

06/04/2013

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Colorado Fund To Administer Indian Scholarships

Federal officials say the American Indian College Fund will administer a scholarship program that is part of a $3.4 billion government settlement with Native American landowners.

03/12/2013

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Feds Consider Regional Challenges In Fire Planning

Federal officials on Thursday released the latest iteration of their national wildfire management strategy as they deal with limited resources and an active fire season.

06/08/2012

Rep. Jared Polis in February 2011 in Washington (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images)

Polis, Lamborn Spar Over Oil Shale Proposal

Members of Colorado’s congressional delegation are at odds over a proposal on oil shale.

02/15/2012

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Wyoming, Colorado Share In Federal Energy Revenues

Wyoming is tops among states that shared in revenues from oil, gas and mineral production on federal land within their borders in the last fiscal year.

11/08/2011

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar (credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Ken Salazar Says Solar Push To Continue

The Obama administration will continue its push for solar energy despite growing controversy over a $528 million loan to a now-bankrupt California solar panel maker

09/21/2011

Solar panels at Solar TAC (credit: CBS)

Feds To Refine Plan On Solar Development Zones

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says federal officials will refine a plan for speeding up solar energy development on public land in six western states, after receiving roughly 80,000 public comments on the plan.

07/14/2011

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