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Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah, noted that canceling those leases so early in the administration got Interior off to a bad start with Utahns, but Salazar did help out the state with the Uinta Basin natural-gas well approvals.
"I will acknowledge that the department did move forward on some of those things," Matheson said, "but, in general, we’ve not agreed on things."
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert statement on Salazar
“I have high regard for Ken Salazar and have a good personal relationship with him. He is truly a stand-up guy. In spite of some of our understandable differences on policy, we worked diligently to find common ground and a positive outcome; our mutual focus was to optimize our public land. I wish him all the best as he returns to Colorado.”
Still, without any evidence of a shift at Interior, Matheson doesn’t envision its approach to public lands or energy will change.
"I don’t see a significant change in policy, whoever happens to take the position, to be honest."
Brian Maffly contributed to this story.
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