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Jennifer A. Dlouhy Hearst Newspapers

Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., and former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar discuss North Dakota's oil boom after visiting a rig drilling wells in the Bakken formation for Newfield Exploration Co. (Photo: Jennifer A. Dlouhy / Houston Chronicle)

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar leaving

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will leave his post in March with a mixed legacy on energy development, having approved the nation’s first major wind and solar installations on federal lands, but drawing fire from energy companies for “sluggish” permitting of oil and gas projects on U.S. property.
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Deficit panel may aim at oil tax breaks

An industry that usually likes gushers is hoping President Barack Obama hits a dry hole in his bid to repeal coveted oil and gas company tax breaks.