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Western candidates top list of prospects to head Interior

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Oil and gas industry say President Barack Obama should tap a new Interior Secretary who has deep experience dealing with energy development on public lands.
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

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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.