In its letter, the Interior Department
lists numerous ways that the project would harm wildlife.
In its response to the lawsuit, the interior department
said the moratorium is necessary as attempts to stop the leak and clean the Gulf continue and new safety standards are developed.
The solution covers ordering, billing, inventory management, invoice processing, payment auditing and claims recovery for wireless devices used within the Interior Department
In early May, Interior Department
Assistant Secretary Lynn Scarlett said that everything the department does is in the public interest, but the new office is not required to consider the "public interest value" of land unless instructed to do so by Congress.
The next big push at the Interior Department
is likely to be the privatization of thousands of National Park Service jobs, including the entire corps of park scientists.
officials have yet to announce whether they will appeal the decision.
According to Interior Department
press secretary Mark Pfeifle, the lapse was inadvertent, resulting from a lack of time to resolve conflicts between the biologists and the Interior's Office of Surface Mining.
Instead, lawyers have boiled this trail of tears down to more mundane issues Of whether the Interior Department
is making a reasonable effort to create a basic accounting system to keep track of the thousands of oil, gas, and other leases it holds on behalf of the Indians.
President Bush's budget supports our regulatory and AML reclamation programs plus those of 24 states that receive federal funds from the Interior Department
for their surface mining programs," said OSM Acting Director Glenda Owens.
2925, which passed by voice vote, would authorize the Interior Department
to provide law enforcement personnel to protect people and property within Bureau of Reclamation projects, such as dams, or land.
Although these and many other environmental groups mounted determined campaigns against their nominations (Greenpeace even unfurled an anti-Norton banner at the Interior Department
, leading to three arrests), all of Bush's environmental picks sailed through to confirmation.
To offset the lost revenues from tax-exempt federal lands within their borders, all states except Rhode Island receive annual payments from the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM), an agency of the Interior Department