Obama's DOI Pick May Open Doors For Drilling Projects

Law360, New York (February 6, 2013, 7:23 PM EST) -- President Barack Obama's nomination of a former petroleum engineer and oil banker to lead the U.S. Department of the Interior may signal the White House is ready to encourage greater oil and gas production on federal lands, even as it publicly touts plans for climate-friendly renewable energy development.

Obama on Wednesday tapped Sally Jewell, the CEO of outdoor retailer Recreational Equipment Inc. and a noted conservationist, to succeed departing Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, who has battled criticism from oil and gas companies who claim his policies...
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