More On Salazar Waffling

Even the Oil Industry is not sure what Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will decide, which is good, and with acknowledgments to Representative Mike Thompson and the governors of California, Oregon and Washington, and their efforts to stop drilling, it is reassuring to see some of the heavy weight opposition this proposal will face in Congress in the coming months if it is not killed outright.

Oil Industry Wary Of New US Interior Secretary’s Policies

By Ian Talley Of DOW JONES NEWSWIRES WASHINGTON – February 2, 2009 – Despite Interior Secretary Ken Salazar’s vow to draft a comprehensive energy policy that includes new domestic oil and gas drilling, the industry is watching with a wary eye. Salazar hasn’t been specific about where he will open new acreage for lease sales. But based on his comments so far, some industry officials fear that new drilling rights under such a plan may be in areas that show little promise compared to other prospects likely to remain off limits.

“We will take a look at where it’s appropriate to drill and where it’s not,” Salazar told reporters earlier last week. He said “particularly sensitive” areas would likely be closed, and that special attention would be given to local and state input and to “areas of greater controversy and pressure to keep the areas closed.”

Some of the toughest opposition is likely to come from the California delegation, which still vividly recalls the late-1960s oil spills on their coast that helped to spark the environmental movement. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee Henry Waxman, D-Calif., and Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., head of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, are all vociferous opponents of drilling off the West Coast.

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One Response to “More On Salazar Waffling”

  1. Kym Says:

    Thank you. I hadn’t heard much about the California’s governor and other officials position on offshore drilling.

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