On Thursday the Interior Department set the stage for controversial seismic tests to locate fossil fuels off the Atlantic coast. If found, the region will be subject to similar risks as 2010's Deepwater Horizon disaster.
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A report released Tuesday by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that the Department of the Interior has "discontinued" an effort to increase the royalty rate that companies must pay to the government for extracting oil and gas from onshore public lands.
In her first major policy speech, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell condemned Congress for the recent federal government shutdown and called for adequate funding of national parks and public lands.