The Government Accountability Office, Congress' watchdog agency, said there are urgent questions facing federal storage, sales and purchases of helium.
Not much planning has been done past 2015, the GAO said, and the Interior Department's Bureau of Land Management must decide how to use helium in federal stores and at what price to sell it.
"During the 1960s and early 1970s, Interior purchased about 34 billion cubic feet of crude helium for conservation purposes and to meet federal helium needs, such as for the space program and scientific research," the GAO said.
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on Tuesday approved the construction of two Wyoming wind power projects expected to generate as much as 3,000 megawatts, or enough power for nearly 1 million homes, Bloomberg reports.
A group of Democratic senators moved quickly after Shell delayed its Arctic Ocean drilling plans to call on the Obama administration to cancel future lease sales in the region, according to a letter made public Wednesday by environmental groups, EnergyGuardian reports.
Government regulators issued a final set of safety rules for offshore drilling Wednesday, fine-tuning a series of emergency measures put in place after the BP oil spill in 2010, The Associated Press reports.
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and U.S. Army Reserve Chief Lieutenant General Jeffrey Talley will sign an agreement to increase veteran and reservist employment opportunities in America’s Great Outdoors conservation program.