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Demonstrators hold hands while surrounding the White House during a Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline protest in Washington, D.C. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

Former US president joins opposition to Keystone XL

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In an open letter to President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry, the former president insisted that approving the pipeline would trigger “more climate upheaval” around the globe.
Former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar addresses the winter North American Prospect Expo at the George R. Brown Convention Center on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, in Houston. ( Mayra Beltran / Houston Chronicle )

Former Obama official: Fracking has never been an environmental problem

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Former U.S. Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar said Wednesday morning that he believes hydraulic fracturing is safe, and the energy industry should work to convince the public that it doesn’t pose a safety threat.
Former  Interior Secretary Ken Salazar (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

Salazar: Shutdown will hurt Gulf production

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The federal government shutdown could harm oil and gas production across the United States, former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar warned Thursday.
Former  Interior Secretary Ken Salazar (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

Salazar navigates ethical limits in new role

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During the 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill, the law firm WilmerHale was winning concessions for BP during White House talks over a compensation fund, about the same time that then-Interior Secretary Ken Salazar famously declared the Obama administration would keep a boot on the neck of the British oil giant. Three years later, Salazar has now joined the prominent firm.
U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell.  (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

Sally Jewell takes helm at Interior Department

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Former corporate executive Sally Jewell is set to be sworn in as the 51st secretary of interior on Friday afternoon, following an overwhelming Senate confirmation vote Wednesday.
Outgoing Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, shown during a recent interview, told lawmakers on Thursday that his successor will unveil new oil and gas drilling rules soon after taking office.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

New federal fracturing rule due any day

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Outgoing Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says he expects his successor to reveal new rules for oil and gas drilling soon after she takes over the job.
Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor swears in  Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, while Solicitor Hilary Tompkins watches. (Tami A. Heilemann/Department of Interior, Office of Communications)

New interior secretary takes office

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Sally Jewell was sworn in as interior secretary on Friday, making her the 51st person — and only the second woman — to hold the job.
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

Senate confirms Sally Jewell as interior secretary

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The Senate confirmed Sally Jewell as Interior secretary on Wednesday, putting the onetime petroleum engineer and business executive in charge of a sprawling government agency that is responsible for overseeing energy development, recreation and other activities on hundreds of millions of acres of public lands.
Outgoing Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, shown during a recent interview, told lawmakers on Thursday that his successor will unveil new oil and gas drilling rules soon after taking office.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Cape Wind could break ground this year, Salazar says

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Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Friday he is optimistic that the nation’s first offshore wind farm will break ground this year after more than a decade of delays.
The Kulluk conical drilling rig, shown in a Seattle shipyard earlier this year, has begun drilling in Alaska's Beaufort Sea.  (Jennifer A. Dlouhy / The Houston Chronicle)

Feds: All companies should heed Arctic drilling lessons

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Federal regulators have focused scrutiny on Shell’s Arctic drilling program, but top Obama administration officials say ConocoPhillips and other companies planning to search for oil in the same area better be paying attention.