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Salazar to seek funding for drilling inspectors

June 24, 2010 Interior Secretary Ken Salazar intends to ask Congress in the coming days for more funding to increase more than fivefold the number of inspectors enforcing offshore oil and natural gas drilling rules. "Without a doubt, the need to have a robust agency that can go out and do the proper ...

Salazar: Oil drilling hiatus may be shorter

June 9, 2010 Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on Wednesday left open the possibility that a six-month moratorium on deep-water oil and gas drilling may not last that long -- a possible laurel to Gulf Coast senators from both parties who are concerned about its effects in their states. "It's a situation we will ...

Salazar: MMS has 'turned the ship'

May 26, 2010 Interior Secretary Ken Salazar told a House panel Wednesday his department will have zero tolerance in dealing with ethical lapses at its Minerals Management Service as it engages in a "relentless" effort to stem the oil flowing into the Gulf of Mexico each day. In the wake of a new ...

Alaska senator urges restraint on spill reaction

May 21, 2010 Senate Energy and Natural Committee Resources ranking member Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, on Friday urged Congress not to overreact legislatively to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Speaking at a conference sponsored by the University of Virginia's Center for Oceans Law and Policy, Murkowski said investigations into the cause of the ...

House Dems raise fears about another BP project

May 20, 2010 More than two dozen House Democrats are asking the Interior Department on Thursday to stop another BP drilling project in the Gulf of Mexico, saying they feared it could end up being more damaging than the ongoing spill stemming from BP's collapsed Deepwater Horizon rig. The 28 Democrats -- led ...

FAA reauthorization should fly through in June, says lawmaker

May 20, 2010 House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Rep. James Oberstar, D-Minn., predicted Wednesday that a multiyear FAA authorization bill will be signed into law by July 4. "I think we've made enough progress and we ought to be able to get it done by then," he said. "We are working toward ...

Interior chief says department shares responsibility for cleanup

May 18, 2010 Interior Secretary Ken Salazar told a Senate panel on Tuesday that the department's Minerals Management Service shares the responsibility for not ensuring the safety of a BP-run deepwater drilling rig that has caused the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. In his first testimony since the April 20 explosion of the ...

Obama to establish commission on oil spill as blame game heats up

May 18, 2010 President Obama will establish an independent commission to investigate the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico through an executive order, creating a panel that resembles those that probed the Three Mile Island nuclear accident and explosion of the space shuttle Challenger. Current federal officials would be barred from ...

Obama halts new offshore drilling but defends plan

April 30, 2010 President Obama Friday defended the need to expand offshore oil and gas exploration even as his administration ceased new drilling as a massive oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico is being investigated. "Let me be clear: I continue to believe that domestic oil production is an important part of ...

Senate approves FAA bill but fight with House looms

March 23, 2010 The Senate Monday approved a long-sought Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization that now heads into potentially lengthy and divisive talks with the House over pro-union and other differences. The 93-0 vote showcased the popularity of the two-year $34.5 billion bill, which is full of safety, environmental, technology and other updates. The ...