Salazar names deputy assistant lands secretary

Nick Snow
OGJ Washington Editor

WASHINGTON, DC, Apr. 8 -- US Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has named Ned Farquhar deputy US Interior secretary for land and minerals management on Apr. 7. Farquhar was a senior advisor on energy and the environment to New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson during 2003-06.

Most recently, Farquhar was senior advocate for Mountain West energy and climate with the Natural Resources Defense Council in Albuquerque. Since 2006, he has developed strategies for the Western Regional Climate Initiative, which incorporates seven US states and four Canadian provinces and supports renewable energy development throughout the West.

While working as Richardson's advisor, Farquhar worked with cabinet members to develop legislation, executive orders, and communications on climate change, renewable energy, energy efficiency, land management, and energy development. He represented the governor at the Western Governors' Association, designing and implementing Richardson's clean and diversified energy program for WGA.

As deputy assistant secretary at DOI, Farquhar will assist the assistant secretary for land and minerals management in establishing policies and providing oversight to the US Bureau of Land Management, Minerals Management Service, and Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement. His appointment does not require congressional confirmation.

Before joining Richardson's staff, Farquhar was program officer for western lands at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation in Los Altos, Calif.

Contact Nick Snow at nicks@pennwell.com.

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