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Salazar: oil shale development on the table

Source:  Copyright 2009, Salt Lake Tribune
Date:  February 22, 2009
Byline:  Thomas Burr
Original URL: Status ONLINE

The Obama administration will push an energy plan that includes solar, wind, geothermal, oil and gas and potentially oil shale, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Sunday.

Salazar, who halted leases for oil and gas development on some federal lands in Utah earlier this month, said that while the administration will focus on energy efficiency and renewable sources, there is still room for conventional fuels. Oil shale, he added, still has "great potential," and he may revise rules on harvesting that energy source "in the near term."

"We intend to move forward with a comprehensive energy plan," Salazar told a bipartisan group of Western governors huddled in Washington for a national summit. "You should take away from this conference in Washington that the Obama administration is not against developing any of those resources. ... Let's put everything on the table."

Salazar, a former Colorado senator, previously pushed for limits in congressional ...

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