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Obama Administration Announces Members of Steering Team to Lead Interagency Coordination of Unconventional Oil and Gas Research and Development

THU, MAY 24, 2012
By Brian Tsai

Three federal agencies announced today the members of the steering team that will lead efforts to coordinate research addressing the challenges of safely and prudently developing unconventional shale gas and tight oil resources. Read More >

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National Travel and Tourism Strategy Sets Goal to Draw 100 million International Visitors to U.S.

THU, MAY 10, 2012
By Guest blog post by Secretary of Commerce John Bryson and Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar

As we celebrate National Travel and Tourism Week, the U.S. government is doubling down on its commitment to create more jobs for Americans by growing international and domestic travel and tourism that powers our economy. Read More >

Deputy Secretary of the Interior David Hayes

Measuring America’s Energy Potential

THU, APRIL 19, 2012
By Interior Deputy Secretary David J. Hayes

Following the release of a scientific assessment of global undiscovered, technically recoverable oil and gas resources by the U.S. Geological Survey, some have attempted to compare these assessments to facts regarding U.S. oil reserves. Read More >

Deputy Secretary of the Interior David Hayes

Is the Recent Increase in Felt Earthquakes in the Central US Natural or Manmade?

WED, APRIL 11, 2012
By David J. Hayes

I want to clarify a few points about USGS’s important and ongoing work to study induced seismicity. Read More >

Secretary Salazar

Toward a More Inclusive America: Preserving All Chapters of Our Nation’s History

FRI, MARCH 23, 2012
By Ken Salazar

If we are to tell the full story of America, we must ensure that we include painful chapters such as this one - the internment of 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II. Read More >

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar

Making America a Top Tourist Destination: Commerce and Interior Keep Up Efforts to Increase Visitation

WED, MARCH 21, 2012
By Commerce Secretary John Bryson and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar

As we search for ways to grow our nation’s economy, we must not overlook the travel and tourism industry as a source for economic opportunity. Read More >

Secretary Salazar

The Department of the Interior Leads in Natural Resources Transparency

FRI, MARCH 16, 2012
By Secretary Ken Salazar

Open Government has been a priority for President Obama and Interior since Day 1, and we have made substantial progress, particularly in reorganizing our agencies that manage offshore energy development in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Read More >

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Agreement between the United States and Mexico Concerning Transboundary Hydrocarbon Reservoirs in the Gulf of Mexico

FRI, MARCH 9, 2012

This Agreement would establish a framework for the cooperative exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbon resources that cross the United States-Mexico maritime boundary in the Gulf of Mexico. Read More >

Secretary Salazar

A Bright Future for the River of Grass

FRI, JANUARY 20, 2012
By Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior

Covering some 2.3 million acres of south-central Florida, the Everglades is one of our nation’s greatest natural treasures. Read More >

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Transforming Our Rivers and Our Communities

FRI, JANUARY 13, 2012
By Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior

Surrounded by members of the community, Mayor Villaraigosa and I heard about the strong partnerships dedicated to transforming the Los Angeles River Watershed and the undeniable link between a healthy environment and a healthy economy. Read More >

Deputy Secretary of the Interior David Hayes

Honoring Our DOI Veterans

THU, NOVEMBER 10, 2011
By David J. Hayes

At the Department of the Interior’s Honoring our Veterans event in Washington, Senior Advisor Bob Stanton and I spoke about our Department’s determination to give back to those who have given us all so much. Read More >

Mr. Dennis W. Zotigh delivers remarks before he performs a cultural piece at the commemoration. (Photo from the Department of Justice)

Celebrating American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month

By Tracy Russo

This week the Department of Justice held a special event in the Great Hall commemorating National Native American Heritage Month. Read More >

David Hayes speaks at NCAI

Honoring Sovereignty and the Trust Relationship with American Indians and Alaskan Natives

By David Hayes

"We have engaged the tribes in a complete overhaul of our Department’s approach to government-to-government relations. The Interior Department will shortly be releasing the fruits of that effort." - David J. Hayes Read More >

Secretary Salazar

Building a Strong Foundation for a Solar Energy Future

MON, OCTOBER 31, 2011
By Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior

What is happening is nothing short of a revolution. Real progress is being made. Real jobs are being created. And we are making believers out of skeptics. Read More >

Secretary Salazar

Cuentos of Our Past: Celebrating Our Shared Heritage

WED, OCTOBER 12, 2011
By Ken Salazar

As a 12th generation native of the American Southwest, my roots in this country stretch back before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock or before America declared its independence. Read More >

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Engaging Our Hispanic Community

WED, OCTOBER 12, 2011
By David Vela, National Park Service

Over my 20 plus years in the National Park Service, I have had the honor of working and protecting some of our nation's most cherished historic places as a Ranger, Superintendent, and Regional Director. Read More >

Shaking hands at a naturalization ceremony

Interior Naturalization Ceremony

By Secretary Napolitano & Secretary Salazar

"Welcoming enterprising immigrants into the American family is a fundamental part of our heritage and an important part the continued success of our nation." Read More >

Secreatary Salazar at Contra Costa

Helping Both the Environment and the Economy

By Reclamation Commissioner Mike Connor

"They will help preserve endangered and threatened fish species in the Delta. That ... also helps to ensure a dependable water supply to a half-million people and the surrounding businesses and industries in Contra Costa County" Read More >

President Obama delivers his September 2011 jobs speech to a joint session of Congress

President Obama's Plan to Get Americans Back to Work

By Interior Secretary Ken Salazar

Tonight, President Obama delivered a plan to Congress that will help get Americans back to work and have an immediate impact on our economy. The American Jobs Act is specific, is tangible, and can make a difference on our economy right now. Read More >


Live Chat with a USGS expert on the East Coast Earthquake Friday at 11:00 am EDT

THU, AUGUST 25, 2011

Want to know more about the earthquake that rattled the East Coast on Tuesday? We'll answer these questions and more during a live, online chat with one of our top scientists from the USGS Friday at 11:00 am EDT. Read More >