Senate eyes confirmation hearing for BLM head

The US Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee staff expects a relatively quick confirmation hearing for Kathleen Clarke, nominated to become the first woman director of the Bureau of Land Management.A committee aide said the panel will be busy marking up energy strategy legislation this month but will likely find time for Clarke's hearing.BLM administers 264 million acres of public lands, mostly in 12 western states, and issues onshore oil and gas leases.Nominee's backgroundClarke has been executive director of the Utah Department of Natural Resources since 1998 and was deputy director for 5 years before that.Clarke worked for Rep. James V. Hansen (R-Utah) from 1987 to 1993...

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