Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Interior Secretary Says There Is Room For Energy Development On Public Lands

There is room for energy development on public lands – but more care has to be taken to do it responsibly, and other uses should have equal priority. That is the message from Interior Secretary Sally Jewell in a speech to the National Press Club. Jewell told the group that science and technology should be making it easier to extract resources with more care for surrounding land and wildlife, and she mentioned new fracking techniques as an example.
She also said it is difficult for agencies like the BLM to do their jobs well when their funding is constantly in flux. She scolded Congress for not passing what she calls a "sustainable, thoughtful budget" that supports conservation and strengthens the economy.

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