Interior Department

Recent Posts

Connecticut lawmakers seek investigation of casino lobbying

Connecticut’s U.S. senators and two of its congressmen asked Monday that the inspector general of the Department of the Interior investigate the department’s role in blocking the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes from jointly developing a commercial casino in East Windsor to compete with an MGM gaming resort under construction in Springfield. Continue Reading →

Filed under: , , , , , , ,

Interior Department seeks dismissal of CT gaming lawsuit

The U.S. Interior Department told a federal court Monday that Connecticut’s refusal to negotiate a gaming compact with the Mashantucket Pequots nearly 30 years ago creates a fatal flaw in the state’s legal efforts today to help the Pequot and Mohegan tribes compete with MGM Resorts International. Continue Reading →

Filed under: , , , , , , ,

Malloy, environmentalists blast Trump proposal to open North Atlantic to drilling

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Thursday proposed opening most of the nation’s offshore areas to oil and gas drilling, including areas in the North Atlantic off the New England coast that have been off limits to exploration for decades. That move was roundly denounced by environmental groups, and coastal governors including Dannel P. Malloy. Continue Reading →

Filed under: , , , , , , ,

New CT casino falls prey to lobbying blitz and Trump policy

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Interior Department’s failure to act on provisions that would allow the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes to open a new casino in East Windsor came after a vigorous lobbying campaign by competitor MGM Resorts International and a change in Indian gaming policy in the Trump administration. Continue Reading →

Filed under: , , , , , , ,

Coltsville faces hurdles before official national park status

It will likely be years before the Coltsville neighborhood near the Connecticut River in Hartford will welcome its first visitors to the Coltsville National Historical Park. Before the big day, a series of property transfers will have to take place and plans will have to be developed by the National Park Service, processes that typically take a long time. Continue Reading →

Filed under: , , , , , , ,

Coltsville national park passes the House tucked in a defense bill; Senate next

WASHINGTON – The long-sought designation of Hartford’s Coltsville neighborhood as a national historic park was approved by the U.S. House of Representatives Thursday, tucked into a massive $577 billion defense bill. Now the legislation is headed for the Senate, where there could be a fight over including provisions for public lands in a defense bill. Continue Reading →

Filed under: , , , , , , ,