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November 21, 2017

By Laura Peterson

Where's the Public Among the Royalty Policy Committee's Interests?



Wyoming coal mine 120 The Department of Interior’s new Royalty Policy Committee gets too much input from industry and too little from civil society.

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Topics: Open Government, Energy and Natural Resources

November 7, 2017

By David S. Hilzenrath

Whistleblowing Could Leave Oil Rig Workers at Risk



 Fire boat response crews battle the blazing remnants of the offshore oil rig Deepwater Horizon. Offshore oil and gas workers who the blow the whistle on workplace safety hazards lack federal protections, and the U.S. Chemical Safety Board is considering dropping its recommendation to fill that gap.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Whistleblower Protections, Energy and Natural Resources

November 3, 2017

By Mia Steinle

Interior Department Says Laws Prevent Greater Transparency…but They’re Wrong



Man working on drilling rig. The United States is bowing out of an international transparency initiative aimed at reducing corruption in the oil, gas, and mining industries.

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Topics: Energy and Natural Resources

October 6, 2017

By David S. Hilzenrath

Ruling Limits Government’s Power to Police Offshore Drilling



Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill An appeals court has ruled that the government cannot use a major set of safety and environmental regulations to prosecute offshore drilling contractors.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Energy and Natural Resources

August 17, 2017

By Laura Peterson

Lawmakers Question Interior Secretary Over Whistleblower Reassignment



Joel Clement Members of Congress are supporting a Department of Interior executive who says management retaliated against him because he disclosed how climate change is putting Alaskan coastal communities at risk.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections, Energy and Natural Resources, Public Health and Science

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