The Department of Interior has announced oil and gas leases for 2010, and the number of auctions being offered to energy companies is up. Some say it’s in response to criticism from oil and gas companies lobbed at the Obama administration over the last few months. Industry says the government isn’t issuing enough leases, which is hurting profits. But environmental groups and other organizations tell a different story. They say an abundance in supply and low prices brought on by the recession are the reasons for the dip in earnings. From Rocky Mountain Community Radio station KDNK in Carbondale, Conrad Wilson reports.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

 

2 Responses to Department of Interior to Offer More Oil & Gas Leases

  1. Lynn S. McDonald says:

    It looks like the Obama administration has sold out (or maybe just Salazar at the DOI) to the Oil Companies, just like Bush did before him. I voted for change and it looks like the same old abuse of our environment and resources. A great many if not the vast majority of Coloradoans are sick of our land being destroyed for the greed of the few. When Pueblo and Northern Colorado are supporting the production of wind and solar energy production, what a slap in the face from the DOI for Colorado.

News

Omar Sanadiki/Reuters/Landov
August 20, 2014 | NPR · The U.S. could aid moderate rebels. It could bomb militants of the Islamic State. Or it could sit on the sidelines as the war plays out. There are many choices, but none appears promising.
 

August 20, 2014 | NPR · The EPA wants to “clarify” the scope of its oversight of water under the Clean Water Act. Big farm groups like the American Farm Bureau Federation call this a power grab that would place every ditch and mud puddle under federal regulation, forcing farmers to get permits for small trenches around the farm.
 

August 20, 2014 | NPR · The group known as the Islamic State has fired its first violent salvo against the U.S. The group declared that the beheading is a retaliation for U.S. airstrikes in Iraq.
 

Arts & Life

Flickr
August 20, 2014 | NPR · The American publishing industry has long been the realm of the privileged few. Lately, though, some writers of color are making their voices heard — and starting some uncomfortable conversations.
 

AP
August 20, 2014 | NPR · Starting Thursday, FXX will air all 552 episodes of The Simpsons in the longest single-series marathon in TV history. Fresh Air listens backs to interviews with the show’s creator, writers and actors.
 

iStock
August 20, 2014 | NPR · Dive into some deep ideas as you relax by the pool this summer.
 

Music

Metropolitan Opera
August 20, 2014 | NPR · To mark the apparent end of the Metropolitan Opera’s labor crisis, try a nerdworthy quiz — and learn a few quirky things about America’s largest performing arts organization.
 

Courtesy of the artist
August 20, 2014 | WXPN · The Pennsylvania band performs a set of alternately (and simultaneously) fun and menacing rock ‘n’ roll on stage at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.
 

Courtesy of the artist
August 20, 2014 | NPR · The guitar virtuoso seeks the endless jam at the intersection of Television and The Grateful Dead, taking a line from the former’s iconic “Marquee Moon” as a song title.
 

Get the KRCC iPhone App

The Writer's Almanac

Radiolab