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The Noble John Sandifer jackup rig
Atlantic offshore oil and gas development discussed in House
Date: Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held an oversight hearing on July 12 to evaluate the potential development of offshore drilling on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).

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Natural gas pump
Secretary Zinke signs order to streamline permitting for onshore resources development
Date: Thursday, July 6, 2017

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke signed Secretarial Order 3354 on July 6 to promote energy exploration and development through better management of leasing programs for onshore oil and gas resources and solid mineral resources on federal lands. 

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U.S. Capitol with flag
House and Senate committees approve five appropriations bills for DOE, CJS, and Interior and Environment
Date: Thursday, July 27, 2017

The House of Representatives has been moving Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 budget bills out of committee more quickly than the Senate. The full House has passed one bill, for the Department of Defense; no appropriations bills have reached the Senate floor yet. Congress and the President must agree a budget or a Continuing Resolution by September 30 to avoid a government shutdown. More detail on agency budgets is available here.

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U.S. Capitol
Federal Register - June 2017
A list of notices from the federal register for June 2017 from agencies including the Department of the Interior, NOAA, EPA, and more.
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Natural gas pump
BLM postpones compliance deadlines for methane emissions
Date: Thursday, June 15, 2017

On June 15, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) posted a notice in the Federal Register indefinitely postponing certain compliance dates within the Methane Waste Prevention Rule.

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Salt marsh near Pescadero, California
Secretary Zinke recommends reduction of Bears Ears
Date: Monday, June 12, 2017

An interim report by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke released on June 12 provides preliminary recommendations regarding the review of the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah.

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Bingham Copper Mine
House holds oversight hearing on Abandoned Mine Lands Program
Date: Wednesday, June 7, 2017

On June 7, the House Committee on Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held an oversight hearing about the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) Abandoned Mine Lands (AML) Program. The AML Program is set to expire in 2021.

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The White House
President Trump withdraws U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement
Date: Thursday, June 1, 2017
President Trump announced his intent to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accord on Thursday, June 1.
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Capitol at night
Zinke defends DOI budget proposal to Senate ENR Committee
Date: Thursday, July 20, 2017
On June 20, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke met with the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources to defend the President’s proposed fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget for the Department of the Interior (DOI).


Atlean Lake in British Columbia
Appropriations subcommittee holds EPA budget hearing
Date: Thursday, June 15, 2017
The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies held a hearing on June 15 to evaluate President Trump’s budget proposal for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
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