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WASHINGTON – Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has rejected a Bush administration plan to open vast waters off the Pacific and Atlantic coasts to oil and gas drilling, promising “a new way forward” in offshore energy development including new wind projects.
Salazar, at a news conference Tuesday, criticized “the midnight timetable” for new oil and gas development on the country’s Outer Continental Shelf. It was proposed by the four days before President Barack Obama took office.
The secretary said the previous administration’s plan did not take into consideration the views of states and coastal communities, nor a need to better understand what energy resources are at stake, especially off the Atlantic coast where oil and gas estimates are more than three decades old.