Environment of the United States http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/26854/all en FEATURE-America's national parks weigh solitude against cellular access http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130119/feature-americas-national-parks-weigh-solitude-against-cellular <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Yellowstone considers proposal to erect new wireless tower</p> <p>* Some visitors feel cut off without mobile-phone reception</p> <p>* Both supporters and detractors cite public safety</p> <p>By Laura Zuckerman</p> <p>SALMON, Idaho, Jan 19 (Reuters) - As cell phones, iPods and laptops creep steadily into every corner of modern life, America's national parks have stayed largely off the digital grid, among the last remaining outposts of ringtone-free human solitude.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130119/feature-americas-national-parks-weigh-solitude-against-cellular" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Environment of the United States Technology Wireless networking Thomson Reuters Sat, 19 Jan 2013 08:30:03 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5736519 at http://www.globalpost.com Obama pick for Interior head faces hearing; agency under fire http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130306/obama-pick-interior-head-faces-hearing-agency-under-fire <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Agency ripe for fraud and abuse, auditor says</p> <p>* Officials reluctant to sanction drillers-review</p> <p>By Patrick Rucker</p> <p>WASHINGTON, March 6 (Reuters) - Outdoor retail executive Sally Jewell, President Barack Obama's pick to lead the U.S. Interior Department, will face her first big public test Thursday in a Senate confirmation hearing as the agency faces criticism of its management of oil and gas lands.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130306/obama-pick-interior-head-faces-hearing-agency-under-fire" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Entertainment Environment Environment of the United States Health Labor Land management Law Politics United States Senate Thomson Reuters Wed, 06 Mar 2013 22:00:13 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5775480 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 1-Obama pick for Interior head faces hearing; agency under fire http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130306/update-1-obama-pick-interior-head-faces-hearing-agency-under-fi <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Agency ripe for fraud and abuse, auditor says</p> <p>* Officials reluctant to sanction drillers-review (Adds background of reform moves at Interior)</p> <p>By Patrick Rucker</p> <p>WASHINGTON, March 6 (Reuters) - Outdoor retail executive Sally Jewell, President Barack Obama's pick to lead the U.S. Interior Department, will face her first big public test Thursday in a Senate confirmation hearing as the agency faces criticism of its management of oil and gas lands.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130306/update-1-obama-pick-interior-head-faces-hearing-agency-under-fi" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Disaster Entertainment Environment Environment of the United States Health Labor Land management Law Politics United States Thomson Reuters Thu, 07 Mar 2013 00:00:50 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5775554 at http://www.globalpost.com Federal agency postpones all oil and gas lease auctions in California, citing budget problems http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130507/federal-agency-postpones-all-oil-and-gas-lease-auctions-cali <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>SAN FRANCISCO - Federal land managers are postponing all oil and gas lease auctions in California until October, citing budget problems and low staffing, and the toll of environmental litigation.</p> <p>The U.S. Bureau of Land Management announced Tuesday it would put off an auction planned for later this month to sell leases to drill almost 1,300 acres of prime public lands near the Monterey Shale, home to one of the largest deposits of shale oil in the nation.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130507/federal-agency-postpones-all-oil-and-gas-lease-auctions-cali" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bureau of Land Management Conservation in the United States Environment of the United States Technology The Canadian Press Tue, 07 May 2013 23:25:12 +0000 The Canadian Press 5833221 at http://www.globalpost.com Oil industry: BLM is preventing job creation in Calif. by postponing oil, gas lease auctions http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130509/oil-industry-blm-preventing-job-creation-calif-postponing-oi <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>SAN FRANCISCO - Leading oil industry groups said Thursday federal land managers are blocking new energy development and job creation by postponing all oil and gas lease auctions on prime public lands in California until October.</p> <p>Officials with the American Petroleum Institute, the largest lobbying group for the oil and gas industry, said the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's recent announcement that it will temporarily put off energy leasing in the state will prevent economic growth.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130509/oil-industry-blm-preventing-job-creation-calif-postponing-oi" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Environment of the United States Law Technology United States The Canadian Press Fri, 10 May 2013 02:00:35 +0000 The Canadian Press 5834746 at http://www.globalpost.com New Interior Department drilling rule relies on industry-sponsored database http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130516/new-interior-drilling-rule-relies-industry-sponsored-databas <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>WASHINGTON - Companies that drill for oil and natural gas on federal lands will be required to disclose publicly the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing operations, the Obama administration said Thursday. The new "fracking" rule replaces a draft proposed last year that was withdrawn amid industry complaints that federal regulation could hinder an ongoing boom in natural gas production.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130516/new-interior-drilling-rule-relies-industry-sponsored-databas" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bureau of Land Management Energy Environment of the United States Hydraulic fracturing Politics Technology The Canadian Press Thu, 16 May 2013 20:47:10 +0000 The Canadian Press 5839696 at http://www.globalpost.com Inspector General: Undervalued coal leases on federal land cost US $62 million in recent years http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130611/inspector-general-undervalued-coal-leases-federal-land-cost- <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>BILLINGS, Mont. - Undervalued coal sales from public lands have cost the U.S. an estimated $62 million in potential lost revenues in recent years, according to a Tuesday report from federal investigators who recommended broad changes to the government's coal leasing program to stem further losses.</p> <p>The Department of Interior's Office of Inspector General report comes amid rising pressure from Congress and environmentalists to make sure taxpayers are getting their fair share of coal sales.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2013 Canadian Press.</a></p> <p>All rights reserved. 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