Politicization at Department of Interior

By The Center for Public Integrity

Politics, not science, drove some decisions at the Department of the Interior

Excerpts from this story referencing "Department of the Interior":

"… ssued during her tenure.” …"

"… claim that “short of a crime, anything goes at the highest levels of the Department of the Interior.” In one controversial 2002 episode, political appointee Anne Klee helpe …"

Right on the money: The George W. Bush profile

By Charles Lewis

On January 30, 1990, Platt's Oilgram News, a respected trade journal of the petroleum industry, reported that a subsidiary of a small, Dalla

Excerpts from this story referencing "Don Evans":

"… nd bought a house in the district of retiring Representative George Mahon. Don Evans, his best friend and fellow Texas oil man, ran the campaign.Bush lost the …"

Saturated with oil money, Texas legislature saved industry from pollution rule

By David Hasemyer, Ben Wieder and Alan Suderman

An effort to impose stricter rules on Texas oil and gas operators in 2011 fizzled after the state legislature got involved.

Excerpts from this story referencing "TCEQ":

"… Texans benefit from the production of oil and gas.” Soward, the former TCEQ commissioner who left in 2009, doesn’t see it that way. “The interest …"

"… t be heard because that is going against the interest of business.” The TCEQ, like the state legislature, is intertwined with the industry. The agency …"

"… ken in  between $160,000 and $420,000 since 2010. Jeffrey Saitas, the TCEQ’s executive director from 1998 to 2002, also lobbies for oil and gas com …"

"… est rules ignite uproar Despite the industry’s deep political ties, the TCEQ tightened its emissions standards in 2011. Complaints from people in Nort …"

Delay of long-awaited refinery accident report signals divisions at Chemical Safety Board

By Chris Hamby

A last-minute change to a public meeting on a 2010 explosion at the Tesoro refinery in Washington State has board members "embarrassed."

Excerpts from this story referencing "Environmental Protection Agency":

"… antially since 2006, a Center for Public Integrity analysis found, and the Environmental Protection Agency’s inspector general said in a report last August that the CSB’s growin …"

West Virginia chemical spill probe falls to overburdened Chemical Safety Board

By Chris Hamby and Ronnie Greene

Massive chemical spill in W.Va. adds to a growing backlog for the troubled Chemical Safety Board.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Deepwater Horizon oil spill":

"… a steady stream of serious accidents kept the small agency busy, from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010 to the fire at Chevron’s refinery in Richmond, Calif., in 2012 a …"

Chevron shareholders reject ban on political spending

By Michael Beckel

Only a sliver of shareholders want oil giant to stop using corporate funds for politics.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… this front." In 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission that corporations were free to use general treasury funds to call for the …"

Oil industry trade group takes to D.C. airwaves

By Michael Beckel

Ad campaign by American Petroleum Institute targets D.C. media market, records show.

Export push reframes debate over fracking

By Alexandra Duszak

Energy indepedence for the U.S. no longer at issue — exports would help industry's bottom line.

Excerpts from this story referencing "energy independence":

"… affordability of natural gas vehicles and run counter to the goal of U.S. energy independence, Morrison said. But most trade associations and companies have been loath …"

Some energy CEOs among highest paid U.S. corporate bosses

By Chris Hamby

As gas prices rise and politicians deliberate, energy execs rake it in

IMPACT: In Philadelphia, plea for safer alternative at refinery

By Jim Morris

IMPACT: No harm from clouds of toxic acid, refiner says — to skepticism

Chamber of Commerce, other biz lobbies drill big oil for new cash gusher

By Peter H. Stone

What do the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Business Industry Political Action Committee (BIPAC), and the new American Crossroads group have i

Excerpts from this story referencing "Senate":

"… o help mostly Republican, pro-business candidates in dozens of competitive Senate and House races.Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Devon courtedTwo lobbyists famili …"

Big oil wields ultra deep influence

By Laura Peterson

Legislators push for energy industry tax breaks, regulatory changes to hunt for oil at the bottom of the sea

Excerpts from this story referencing "Brazil":

"… pwards of $1 billion. As a result, only the "supermajor" companies-such as Brazil's Petrobras, British Petroleum, Royal Dutch/Shell, ExxonMobil&nb …"

Big oil protects its interests

By Aron Pilhofer

Industry spends hundreds of millions on lobbying, elections

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mary Landrieu":

"… ibutions since 1998. All three came from oil-rich Louisiana.They were Sen. Mary Landrieu, Sen. John Breaux and Rep. Christopher John.The two national parties each …"

Greasing the skids of corruption

By Phillip van Niekerk and Laura Peterson

Money from multinational oil companies moves through labyrinths of international bank accounts, avoiding national budgets and banks

Excerpts from this story referencing "oil production":

"… rated as a movement by the late 1970s.The war barely touched Angola's oil production, largely because the bulk of the reserves are offshore. Angola produced an …"

"… $355 million. The company also announced it would annually publish data on oil production as well as any payments or taxes paid under its contracts with the Angolan …"

"… golan Finance Ministry in summer 2002 posted sales on its Web site showing oil production and value figures in 2001 – economists say the move is only one small st …"

Harken's Ivy League underwriter

By John Dunbar

WASHINGTON, October 17, 2002 — The year 1990 started out on a high note for Harken Energy. ...

Excerpts from this story referencing "oil and gas":

"… invested with Harken in appropriate, separately negotiated acquisition of oil and gas reserves and energy related companies. The deal was completed on October 3 …"

"… e two firms joined to buy Kennedy & Mitchell Inc. (KMI) an independent oil and gas company in Denver. A new holding company was formed, owned 49 percent by H …"

"… p. The $20 million will be used to fund the equity portion of purchases of oil and gas companies and properties which the company anticipates will become availab …"

"… lling joint venture. The article said that the venture was the third major oil and gas investment by Harvard since undertaking a direct market approach last Dece …"

Did taxpayers lose on deal for oil field?

By Josey Ballenger, Nathaniel Heller and Knut Royce

WASHINGTON, October 27, 2000 — "For the last eight years, I have had the challenge of running the streamlining program called 'Reinventing

Excerpts from this story referencing "Department of Energy":

"… t was a political decision,” said Jerome Hinkle, a senior planner in the Department of Energy’s Office of Naval Petroleum and Oil Shale Reserves. That office, known a …"