DOI Chief's Exit Stirs Hopes For Drill-Friendly Successor

Law360, New York (January 16, 2013, 8:46 PM EST) -- Interior Secretary Ken Salazar’s Wednesday announcement that he would leave office in March creates an opening for the president to pick a successor who can mend the agency’s troubled relationship with oil and gas drillers while maintaining Salazar’s focus on renewable energy development, experts say.

During his four years in office, Salazar has battled criticism from the oil and gas industry and its allies in Congress for the agency’s response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in April 2010. Following the disaster, he helped enact a six-month...
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