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WASHINGTON (Reuters) Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said on Wednesday that big oil and natural gas companies will no longer be kings of the world like they canadian goose jacket were under the Bush canada goose factory sale administration, announcing Canada Goose online new drilling policies to protect the environment on western federal lands.

While the reforms would uk canada goose outlet likely slow the permitting process to search for oil and gas on government lands and decrease the number of acres available for energy exploration, canada goose uk black friday Salazar rejected industry claims that the Obama administration policy change would reduce domestic energy supplies.

difference is in the prior administration the oil and gas industry essentially were the kings Canada Goose sale of the world, Salazar said in telephone briefing with reporters. they wanted to happen essentially happened and the department essentially was the handmaiden of the oil and gas industry.

Under the reforms, the department Bureau of Land Management, canada goose uk outlet which oversees onshore drilling activities, would take a more canada goose coats on sale active role in deciding which parcels of federal lands should be leased instead of relying on energy companies to nominate the areas they want to explore.

Salazar charged that in the buy canada goose jacket past, the public Canada Goose Online lands were a store for the oil and gas industry, where they could canada goose store in and take whatever they wanted.

The BLM would continue to accept industry requests regarding where to offer leases, but the agency will promote leasing canada goose black friday sale in already developed areas and will plan canada goose sale carefully for leasing and development in new areas.

BLM staff canada goose clearance sale would also seek more public input and conduct more on site visits to canada goose clearance potential lease areas, rather than work from their offices, to ensure endangered wildlife and habitat would not be harmed from drilling activities.

Salazar said energy companies already had plenty Canada Goose Outlet of federal land to search for oil and gas, as only 12 million acres of the almost 44 million acres leased in the West were in production.

He also said the reforms would bring canada goose uk shop legal certainty to energy companies by avoiding lawsuits. Salazar pointed out that in 1998, a little over 1 percent of onshore leases were protested, but that number had soared to 40 percent by 2008.

Still, the oil and gas industry slammed the new uk canada goose policy.

what has become increasingly familiar double talk from this administration, Canada Goose Coats On Sale Interior Secretary Salazar today again spoke of canada goose the importance of domestic oil and natural gas, canada goose coats while making it more difficult to produce American oil and gas, put more Americans back to work and help cheap canada goose uk restore our Canada Goose Parka nation economy, said Jack Gerard, president of the Canada Goose Jackets American Petroleum Institute.

The environmental community welcomed the reforms, which it said were long overdue.

Obama administration is working to restore balance buy canada goose jacket cheap to the process and protect clean water, clean cheap Canada Goose air and America wildlife, said Amy Mall, a senior policy analyst at the Natural Resources Defense Council.

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