President Trump to honor US military during Fourth of July address

Politics 06/19/19, 12:06

President Donald Trump's participation in the nation's annual Fourth of July celebration will include a Trump speech honoring America's armed forces, along with music, military demonstrations and flyovers, the administration announced Wednesday, about two weeks before the patriotic holiday. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt said Wednesday that Trump will use the speech, ...

US officials to put off oil leases near sacred tribal land

U.S. 05/29/19, 15:43

U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt has agreed to put off oil and gas leasing for a year on land that Native Americans consider sacred surrounding Chaco Culture National Historical Park in northwestern New Mexico.The decision comes after Bernhardt visited the site Tuesday and met with leaders of the Navajo Nation ...

Trump easing offshore drilling safety rules from Deepwater

Politics 05/02/19, 13:59

The Trump administration on Thursday moved to ease safety regulations adopted after the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon blowout, the worst offshore oil disaster in U.S. history that killed nearly a dozen people. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt said in a statement the administration was acting to eliminate "unnecessary regulatory burdens while maintaining ...

Senate confirms ex-lobbyist David Bernhardt to lead Interior

Politics 04/11/19, 13:34

The Senate on Thursday confirmed acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt to lead the department on a permanent basis, despite complaints by Democrats that the former oil and gas lobbyist has used his federal position to benefit former industry clients. The Senate voted 56-41 to approve Bernhardt's nomination to oversee the country's ...

Senate panel backs Interior pick despite conflict allegation

Politics 04/04/19, 10:59

A Senate panel has voted to put a former Washington lobbyist in charge of the Interior Department despite intense debate among senators over his links to former clients. The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee voted 14-6 Thursday to approve David Bernhardt's appointment to oversee the country's public lands and resources. ...

Senators consider ex-oil and gas lobbyist to head Interior

Politics 03/28/19, 11:06

President Donald Trump's nominee to head the Interior Department is promising to cut regulation for businesses without sacrificing environmental interests if he wins confirmation. Washington veteran and former oil and gas lobbyist David Bernhardt was appearing Thursday before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, which is considering his nomination. Bernhardt has ...

Interior boss order aims to protect US public land access

Politics 03/21/19, 20:05

Acting U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt ordered federal land managers on Thursday to give greater priority to access for hunting, fishing and other kinds of recreation when the government considers selling or trading public land. The secretarial order comes amid longstanding complaints that millions of acres of state and federal land ...

US moves to lift remaining gray wolf protections

U.S. 03/14/19, 07:49

Gray wolves in the U.S. would be stripped of federal protection and subjected to hunting and trapping in more states under a proposal released Thursday that declares the predators recovered following a decades-long restoration effort.The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wants to revoke the wolves' endangered and threatened species status ...

Update: US official says wolf population has recovered

U.S. 03/06/19, 13:08

The Latest on plans to lift endangered species protections for gray wolves in the Lower 48 states (all times local):11 a.m.Acting U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt says the nation's population of gray wolves has fully recovered across the Lower 48 states and no longer needs federal protection.U.S. Fish and Wildlife ...

NewsBreak: US plans to lift protections for gray wolves

U.S. 03/06/19, 11:39

U.S. wildlife officials plan to lift protections for gray wolves across the Lower 48 states, a move certain to re-ignite the legal battle over a predator that's rebounding in some regions and running into conflicts with farmers and ranchers, an official told The Associated Press.Acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt was ...

US delays oil-and-gas lease sale near sacred tribal land

U.S. 02/08/19, 18:11

U.S. land managers no longer plan to move forward in March with selling oil and gas leases near Chaco Culture National Historical Park, saying Friday they need to gather more information before they put up the land for bidding in New Mexico. The decision by the federal Bureau of Land Management ...

Trump official touts oil and gas lease sales in New Mexico

Business 02/06/19, 21:32

A top Trump administration official touted record sales for oil and gas leases under the U.S. Bureau of Land Management on Wednesday as he sought to promote energy development on public lands. In a statement, acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt said the federal agency last year generated $1.1 billion from the ...

Park Service to tap into entrance fees to keep operating

Politics 01/06/19, 16:09

The National Park Service says it is taking the extraordinary step of dipping into entrance fees to pay for staffing at its highly visited parks in the wake of the partial government shutdown. P. Daniel Smith, deputy director of the service, said in a statement Sunday that the money would be ...

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