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