AP - Grilled by skeptical lawmakers, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on Tuesday acknowledged his agency had been lax in overseeing offshore drilling activities and that contributed to the disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, who helped lead the government’s response to the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history, said on Wednesday he will leave his post by the end of March to return to his Colorado ranch.
The former U.S. senator came to office pledging to clean up the “mess” at the Interior Department, but it was the massive 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that ultimately spurred the dramatic overhaul of the nation’s offshore drilling regulator.
Oil executives connected to the Gulf of Mexico blowout sat in the hot seat before congressional committees last week. Now top government officials get a turn before the panels. Much of that task fell on Tuesday to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, whose department oversees oil drilling.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us
By Kate Sheppard
The Obama administration, in the wake of the Gulf of Mexico disaster, has apparently decided that digging in on its misguided decision in March to expand offshore drilling is the way to go.