WATCHING GOVERNMENT SECRETARY CAMPFIRE

Bruce Babbitt, the new U.S. Interior secretary, intends to proceed carefully on controversies facing his department. In his first press conference last week, Babbitt was well informed on western land issues but appeared largely uninformed on offshore drilling issues. That could be excused, given his tenure as governor of landlocked Arizona, except for the fact he should have been well briefed on offshore issues in preparation for his earlier Senate confirmation hearing.

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