Salazar Promises Caution On Offshore Drilling

Law360, New York (January 28, 2009, 12:00 AM EST) -- Ken Salazar, recently appointed secretary of the interior, has said that future offshore oil drilling will be part of a broader energy plan, expressed skepticism of the previous administration's proposed oil shale leasing program and promised reform of the department's scandal-ridden Royalty-in-Kind program.

Salazar told reporters at a press conference on Wednesday that the U.S. Department of the Interior would not pursue a plan put forth in the last days of the Bush administration to grant leases to oil companies in large swaths of ocean where...
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