Interior Secretary Ken Salazar , who promised to be the “new sheriff in town” when he took over the agency that regulates offshore drilling, faces increased scrutiny of his leadership before the explosion at a BP Plc well set off the worst U.S. oil spill.
As oil spewed from the Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar pledged to keep a “boot on the neck” of BP Plc to get it to plug the leak and clean the mess. Then he halted new deepwater drilling.
The U.S. will review Royal Dutch Shell Plc ’s plans to explore for oil and natural gas off Alaska’s coast and take steps to increase safety on all offshore rigs, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said today.
Natural-gas drillers will be required by U.S. rules to inspect their wells after hydraulic fracturing on public land to ensure the safety of drinking-water supplies, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said.
U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said the Obama administration supports higher civil and criminal penalties for violations of offshore oil and gas drilling rules, and he defended a moratorium on undersea exploration.
The Obama administration plans to split the government agency that regulates offshore oil drilling into two as part of its response to the BP Plc spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said.