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Veterans Day - Free access to National Parks

THU, NOVEMBER 11, 2010

As we mark Veterans Day, I'm pleased to announce that The Department of the Interior is offering free access to our national parks today as a thank you to our nation’s service men and women. Read More >

Deputy Secretary of the Interior David Hayes

U.S. Launches Initiatives to Share Climate Science Data


"To tackle the challenges facing our planet ... we must have comprehensive and integrated scientific data about the Earth and how it is changing." - David Hayes, Deputy Secretary of the Interior Read More >

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President Obama Proclaims September 25th as National Public Lands Day


President Barack Obama has issued a proclamation encouraging all Americans to celebrate our nation's 17th annual National Public Lands Day as a day of service. Read More >

A Phoenix Marine diver emerges from the Ellis Island ferry slip during an inspection of the Ellis Island seawall under the watchful eye of another Phoenix employee. The company is inspecting the different areas around the island where the seawall is damaged prior to beginning the repair/rehabilitation process as part of the ARRA contract.  NPS Photo

Interior Department’s American Reinvestment and Recovery Act Projects in National Spotlight from East to West

Posted by: R.E. Tull

A new report from Vice President Joe Biden, “100 Recovery Act Projects that are Changing America,” highlights the Interior Department's investments at Ellis Island and the Grand Canyon. Read More >

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Gordon Felt, President, Families of Flight 93.

Secretary Salazar Honors Heroes at Flight 93 Memorial


Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar on Saturday joined First Lady Michelle Obama and others in honoring the 40 passengers and crew of United Flight 93 and all of those who lost their lives on Sept. 11. Read More >

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Interior’s Sustainability Plan Seeks to Lessen Department’s Carbon Footprint and Meet Energy Goals


The Department of the Interior today released a Sustainability Plan that outlines Department-wide goals and strategies to meet or exceed environmental and energy performance requirements as directed by President Barack Obama. Read More >

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BOEM Issues Update on Investigation into Incident on Mariner Energy's Vermilion 380 Platform


Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEM) inspectors have reported no sign of pollution coming from Mariner Energy Resources's Vermilion 380 platform during an initial inspection of the facility today. Read More >

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BOEM Launches Investigation into Cause of the Incident on Mariner Energy's Vermilion 380 Platform


Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEM) Director Michael R. Bromwich today announced that BOEM has launched a full investigation into the September 2, 2010, incident on Mariner Energy Resource’s Vermilion 380 platform. Read More >

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Science Article Describes Scenario-Building Technique Used to Assist Planning for Recovery from BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

THU, AUGUST 26, 2010

Some of America’s best scientists are helping develop an innovative scenario-building technique to plan environmental and economic recovery from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, according to an article in this week’s Science. Read More >

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Categorical Exclusions for Gulf Offshore Activity to be Limited While Interior Reviews NEPA Process and Develops Revised Policy

MON, AUGUST 16, 2010

Secretary Salazar and BOEM Director Bromwich announced that DOI will restrict its use of categorical exclusions for offshore oil and gas development to activities involving limited environmental risk, while it undertakes a comprehensive review... Read More >

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Secretary Salazar Issues Inclusive Workplace Statement to Employees, appoints Chief Diversity Officer

MON, AUGUST 16, 2010

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today issued an Inclusive Workplace Statement to all employees of the Department of the Interior and announced the appointment of John Burden as the department’s new Chief Diversity Officer. Read More >

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Secretary Salazar Statement on the Passing of Former Senator Ted Stevens

TUE, AUGUST 10, 2010

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today released a statement on the passing of Former Senator Ted Stevens. Read More >

MOBILE, Ala. - Retired Adm. Thad Allen, National Incident Commander for the Deepwater Horizon response, briefs the crew at the Incident Command Post Mobile. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Dave Silva.

Admiral Allen Provides an Update on the BP Oil Spill Response

TUE, AUGUST 10, 2010

National Incident Commander Admiral Thad Allen provided a briefing to inform the American public and answer questions on the administration-wide response to the BP oil spill. A full transcript is available. Read More >

Carlos Pacheco recording data for the beach bird study. Credit: Gary Peeples, USFWS

Fish and Wildlife, National Parks Service Continue Shoreline Cleanup Operations along the Gulf Coast

MON, AUGUST 9, 2010

As part of continued efforts to protect wildlife and wildlife habitats from the impacts of the BP oil spill, FWS and National Parks Service cleanup crews continued shoreline cleanup operations at Gulf Islands National Seashore in Mississippi. Read More >

BRUSH ISLAND, LA – Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Contractors sample surface water near Brush Island, LA on June 6, 2010. EPA has performed water and sediment sampling along the Louisiana coast since April 30 for oil related compounds and dispersants. US EPA Photo.

Top Officials Reiterate Administration’s Commitment to Long-term Gulf Recovery

SUN, AUGUST 8, 2010

National Incident Commander Admiral Thad Allen and Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change Policy Carol Browner reiterated the administration’s commitment to long-term recovery in the Gulf Coast. Read More >

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Secretary Salazar Joins Secretary Chu in Houston to Inspect “Static Kill” Procedure

TUE, AUGUST 3, 2010

In his eleventh trip to the Gulf Coast since the oil spill began, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar traveled to the BP Command Center in Houston, Texas. Read More >

GULF OF MEXICO - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist Lorna Patrick reaches into a turtle nest. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services photo by Catherine J. Hibbard.

Sea turtle hatchlings relocated from the Gulf of Mexico’s oil spill area released into the Atlantic Ocean

TUE, AUGUST 3, 2010

More than 45 threatened and endangered sea turtle hatchlings were released the night of Aug. 2, on a remote beach along Florida’s East Coast, the final stage in an unprecedented rescue effort. Read More >

GULF OF MEXICO - The Q4000 (center) continues preparing to begin the static kill operation in which heavy drilling mud and cement are slowly pumped into the wellhead to begin the process of killing the BP well permanently. U.S. Coast Guard photograph by Petty Officer 1st Class Adam Eggers.

Scientific Teams Refine Estimates of Oil Flow from BP’s Well Prior to Capping

MON, AUGUST 2, 2010

Based on new pressure readings, data, and analysis, the U.S. scientific teams have refined their estimates of the oil flow prior to the well being capped on July 15. Read More >

GULF OF MEXICO - Rigs drilling a relief well and preparing the static kill are seen over the Deepwater Horizon well about 40 miles from the Southern Louisiana coast July 31, 2010. An additional rig is drilling a second relief well but is not pictured. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis.

Drilling of Relief Well Continues

SUN, AUGUST 1, 2010

Development Driller III has drilled the first relief well to a depth of 17,864 feet below the Gulf surface and Development Driller II has drilled the second relief well. Read More >

Birds are cleaned and prepared for release at Fort Jackson Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Fort Jackson, La on June 30. Photo credit: Tami Heilemann-DOI

FWS Releases 36 Rehabilitated Birds Back to Wild

WED, JULY 28, 2010

Rehabilitated birds released on 100th day of oil spill response as preparations for static kill continue. Read More >