Jan 4, 2010 8:57 AM by Associated Press

Interior chief Salazar logs busy first year on job

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar started on the job a year ago declaring "There's a new sheriff in town."

The Colorado rancher and former U.S. senator says he will start his second year as head of the nation's biggest landowner by announcing reforms in how energy leases are issued on federal lands.

He told The Associated Press in an interview last week that he plans to make the announcement the first part of this month.

The oil and gas industry has accused Salazar of discouraging development on public lands. But conservationists see his second look at leases approved under President George W. Bush as a needed swing toward balance.




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