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  • Interior Dept. found in contempt over drilling ban

    February 2, 2011 8:03 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal judge who struck down the Obama administration's initial moratorium on deepwater drilling in the aftermath of the Gulf oil spill is holding the Interior Department in civil contempt for what he called its "determined disregard" of his order. U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman ruled... more »
  • Environmental group sues interior secretary Ken Salazar

    July 26, 2010 9:16 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - An environmental group sues Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, saying he didn't properly assess the chance of damage to endangered whales and sea turtles from oil and gas drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. The Center for Biological Diversity says the BP PLC spill proves a new... more »
  • Former Interior Secretaries Say They Did Not Anticipate Major Oil Spills

    July 20, 2010 6:02 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Two former Interior secretaries told Congress Tuesday they did not anticipate an accident as large as the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. But Gale Norton and Dirk Kempthorne say no one else did either - including members of Congress who are now blaming the... more »
  • Fallout From Oil Spill Claims First Casualty at the Interior Department

    May 17, 2010 4:30 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The fallout from the Gulf oil spill has claimed its first casualty at the Interior Department. Chris Oynes, who oversees offshore drilling programs at the Minerals Management Service, will retire at the end of the month, according to an e-mail sent by an agency official to staff... more »
  • MMS Disburses $10.68 Billion in FY 2009

    November 18, 2009 10:47 AM

    Funding recipients include states, American Indians, and eligible counties DENVER, CO - The Department of the Interior's Minerals Management Service (MMS) today announced that it disbursed more than $10.68 billion in Fiscal Year 2009 from revenues collected from energy and mineral production on Federal and American Indian lands,... more »

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