Watching Government: What Salazar did at Interior

When Ken Salazar arrived at the US Department of the Interior in early 2009, there were comparisons to a sheriff of the Old West, determined to clean things up and run the bad guys out of town. He made it clear that parts of Interior troubled him, and promised reforms. He quickly antagonized Utah's largely Republican congressional delegation when he canceled oil and gas leases issued at a Bureau of Land Management sale a few months earlier that he felt was based on hastily prepared resource management plans. Then Salazar stopped development of a 5-year Outer Continental Shelf program his predecessor, Dirk A. Kempthorne, had begun ahead of schedule because crude oil prices had spiked again...

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