April 2 2009, 10:44 AM
It's too early to grade former U.S. senator Ken Salazar in his role as the nation's new Interior Department secretary. So say oil-and-gas industry experts, who want to exploit America's natural resources, as well as environmentalists, who tend to want to stop them. As Westword writes, Salazar has already ruffled a few feathers, but his biggest task is to "reform the toxic culture inside the sprawling bureaucracy." Salazar's department said yesterday that it will begin to release the details of a report that calculates offshore energy resources in coastal areas, according toÂ Reuters, a move sure to spawn debate about drilling. Salazar's ascent to senator was unlikely, asÂ 5280's Maximillian Potter reported last year in "No MÃ¡s Mustache."