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Salazar earns cheers, jeers in Utah as he exits Interior



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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."

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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.”

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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."

tburr@sltrib.com

Brian Maffly contributed to this story.




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