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Utah suing federal government over wilderness plan

The state of Utah filed a lawsuit Friday against the federal government over an Obama administration plan to make millions of acres of undeveloped land in the West eligible for federal wilderness protection. Full story

U.S. fears Cuba oil drilling, Mexico suggests talks

A top U.S. official said on Thursday they were concerned about Cuba opening its offshore waters to oil drilling, while Mexico, which has a boundary dispute with the island nation, said the three countries should try to work out differences. Full story

U.S. says it will strengthen offshore drilling rules

The U.S. Department of the Interior will propose new rules to strengthen offshore oil drilling safety, the top offshore regulator said on Tuesday. Full story

Getting wise to drilling dangers

   Rachel Maddow notes that as awareness of the inadequacies of the safety improvements in deepwater drilling is growing, the Department of the Interior has decided to stop issuing press releases when they grant drilling permits.

Government weighs more drilling contractor oversight

The U.S. offshore drilling regulator is weighing options for expanding oversight of rig contractors after last year's massive BP Plc oil spill exposed a possible regulatory gap, Interior official Michael Bromwich said on Tuesday. Full story

Transocean: wording on 2010 safety may have been insensitive

Transocean Ltd acknowledged that its description of 2010 as its "best year in safety" despite a blowout that sank one of its rigs, killing 11 workers and causing a huge oil spill, might be insensitive. Full story

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U.S. OKs 6th deepwater drill permit since BP spill

U.S. OKs 4th deepwater drilling permit since BP spill

Wildlife service works with landowners to keep Florida land

Park Service declares 17 free days for 2011

Oil groups press Congress for Interior funding

White House edits stain its reliance on science

White House altered report justifying drilling ban

Gulf drilling ban lifted — with caveat

U.S.: 3,500 unused Gulf wells must be plugged

Feds halt deepwater environmental exemptions


  Deepwater permits issued with no lessons learned

In a TRMS Investigates exclusive, Rachel Maddow shows that the Department of the Interior is issuing deepwater drilling permits despite a report finding that blow-out preventer design is flawed and despite drilling companies submitting emergency response plans that pre-date the Deepwater Horizon spi

  Salmon joke squirms its way into address

Who doesn’t love a good fish joke? In this edition of the News You Can’t Use, msnbc’s Willie Geist examines the president’s State of the Union laughs.

  Porn, meth at government job

A new report on the government agency charged with oversight of offshore oil drilling says workers watched porn while on the job and in at least one case an inspector admitted to using crystal meth. NBC's Pete Williams reports.

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