Ken Salazar, Interior Department, Finalize Onshore Oil, Gas Reforms

07/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

The Bureau of Land Management on Monday finalized onshore oil and gas leasing reforms, which two Republican U.S. senators say they hope to block through legislation.

"We must continue to move forward quickly and responsibly on our agenda to reform the management of our nation's onshore and offshore energy resources and our oversight of the companies that develop them," Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said in announcing the measures. "The BLM reforms we are finalizing (Monday) establish a more orderly, open, and environmentally sound process for developing oil and gas resources on public lands. The BP oil spill is a stark reminder of how we must continue to push ahead with the reforms we have been working on and which we know are needed."

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