For Immediate Release
January 16, 2013
Contacts: Trey Pollard, Sierra Club, (202) 495-3058
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to Step Down
(Washington, DC) – Today, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced he will be stepping down from his role by the end of March.
Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune released the following statement in response:
“Secretary Salazar’s leadership at the Department of the Interior has helped put our nation on a path where protecting our natural legacy and wild lands is a priority, and not an afterthought. Thanks to Secretary Salazar, more national parks and wildlife refuges are open, more of America’s pristine Arctic is off limits to dangerous drilling, and more public lands are in public hands. He also led the overhaul of safety standards for drilling in the wake of the BP oil disaster and stood up to defend American wilderness by protecting Drakes Estero national seashore.
“On behalf of the Sierra Club’s 2.1 million members and supporters, I am honored to thank Ken Salazar for his service to our country and for his commitment to ensuring that future generations can enjoy our nation’s great outdoors and natural beauty for generations to come. We look forward to building on his achievements with his successor, working to designate new national monuments and keeping dirty energy developers off our public lands and out of the Arctic.”
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