March 16, 2001 |
Calling California's power panic a wake-up call for the nation, Interior Secretary Gale A. Norton said Thursday that the crisis justifies the need to expand efforts to extract oil, gas and coal from public lands. "I think the energy problems in California are a reality check for a lot of people," Norton said. "People are realizing that we need to plan ahead to have the energy resources available for the long term.
April 12, 2001 |
In a move that critics say would undermine a landmark environmental law, the Bush administration is quietly trying to wrest from the courts control over the listing of endangered species and the designation of protected habitat for them. The proposal, buried in the voluminous budget President Bush sent to Congress on Monday, would give Interior Secretary Gale A. Norton wide authority to decide which plants and animals should be protected under the 1973 Endangered Species Act.
January 19, 2001 |
For weeks, environmentalists had portrayed her as the political equivalent of a saber-toothed tiger bent on shredding the federal laws and regulations that protect America's natural treasures. But when Interior Secretary-designate Gale A. Norton finally appeared Thursday at her confirmation hearing, she presented a face so moderate and mild-mannered that her potential opponents on the Senate's Energy and Natural Resources Committee were all but disarmed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 3, 2005 |
Interior Secretary Gale Norton will launch a half-century effort Monday to return native trees, fish and wildlife to a lower Colorado River system profoundly altered by man's thirst. Environmental groups are skeptical, however, that the transformation can stick without fundamental changes in the river's flow.
January 11, 2001 |
Lock and load! That's been the instant response among political activists here as President-elect George W. Bush has assembled his Cabinet-in-waiting. The hot-button selections among his choices have sent a shot of adrenaline through the capital's battling class--with interest groups, politicians and congressional staff scrambling to the barricades to fight or defend the Bush team. Faxes are humming, Web sites are screaming, midnight oil is burning by the gallon.
November 2, 2002 |
The U.S. Interior Department said it evacuated its main headquarters, a few blocks from the White House, because of high asbestos levels. Air monitoring tests during the building's renovation detected asbestos in the cafeteria and mechanical room, which share a ventilation system. About 2,300 workers in the department's main building were dismissed at 11 a.m. Interior Secretary Gale A. Norton was not in the building at the time.
April 18, 2003 |
Eighty-seven House members are warning Interior Secretary Gale A. Norton that her agency's plan to transfer ownership of roads across the West to counties or states violates the law, and they are urging her to delay any transfers.
March 30, 2003 |
Rebuffed by the Senate, the Bush administration will not give up the fight this year to open an Alaskan wildlife refuge to oil drilling, Interior Secretary Gale A. Norton said. The White House is turning its attention to the House in hopes of salvaging a key part of the president's energy strategy.
January 24, 2003 |
Southern Nevada water officials declared a drought watch and called for strict measures to cut water use this summer. Effective in June, Las Vegas-area homeowners won't be able to water landscaping as often and won't be allowed to plant grass in frontyards, according to a plan adopted unanimously by the Southern Nevada Water Authority. Nevada is getting less water from the Colorado River because of a dispute among California water agencies that prompted Interior Secretary Gale A.