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Public hearings on Zoom have Native Americans worried they won't be heard on oil projects

Tribal members who oppose the government's proposed projects often lack consistent Internet access.
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Judge vacates oil and gas leases on 145,000 acres in Montana

A federal judge, rapping the Trump administration for its weak environmental assessments, has vacated hundreds of oil and gas leases across a large swath of Montana.

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'Broken' Interior agency struggles 10 years after Gulf spill

Ten years after the Deepwater Horizon disaster, the Interior Department agency that regulates offshore energy development is fractious, demoralized and riddled with staff distrust toward its leadership, according to multiple accounts from current and former employees.
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National Park staff memo warns of 'disease and death' as parks stay open

NPS employees are critical of the chaotic, patchwork, and foot-dragging approach by leadership in face of pandemic.

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John Leshy: A Trump plan breaks a great deal for ranchers and park lovers

A free-market solution to protect a spectacular landscape was working.
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How a Trump insider embeds climate denial in scientific research

An Interior Department official has pressed scientists to include misleading climate language—including debunked claims that increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is beneficial—into their work.
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Trump has been very bad for vulnerable animals. The administration may finally have to change its behavior.

The species at risk include the northern spotted owl, the tufted puffin, and, a personal favorite flora, Venus' flytrap.

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Science under attack: How Trump is sidelining researchers and their work

In three years, the administration has diminished the role of science in policymaking while disrupting research projects nationwide. Experts say the effects could be felt for years.
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Interior chief’s lobbying past has challenged the agency’s ethics referees

Since his arrival at the Interior Department, Interior Secretary David Bernhardt has shown a willingness to press ethics lawyers for decisions that help his agenda.
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Trump administration makes it easier to dredge protected areas to restore beaches

The shift makes it cheaper for some of the wealthiest communities to replenish their beachfronts, which are increasingly under threat from more frequent and intense storms, rising seas and other effects of climate change.

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Government loophole gave oil companies $18 billion windfall

A 1990s effort to encourage drilling in the Gulf of Mexico has cost the government $18 billion in lost revenue from oil royalties, according to a new report. 
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White House eliminates advisory boards for marine life, invasive species

The Trump administration is disbanding two federal advisory boards focused on protecting marine life and battling invasive species.
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The interior secretary wants to enlarge a dam. An old lobbying client would benefit

David Bernhardt is backing a plan to raise the height of the Shasta Dam in California even though his department’s experts have warned against the change.
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