A rugged, whitewater river flowing northward through deep canyons, the New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. New River Gorge National River in West Virginia encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along the New River, is rich in cultural and natural history, and offers an abundance of scenic and recreational opportunities.
Big Southern Butte is one of two domes rising from a sea of basalt near the center of the eastern Snake River Plain in Idaho. The butte is one of the largest volcanic domes in the world, but at 300,000 years old it is also one of the youngest. Hikers who trek to the 7,550-foot high summit are rewarded with spectacular panoramic views. Photo by Devin Englestead, BLM Upper Snake Wildlife Biologist.
First light at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. Established in November 22, 1939, the refuge has provided a critical stopover and wintering spot for thousands of sandhill cranes, geese and other waterfowl for 75 years. Bosque del Apache's sandhill crane population has multiplied from 18 birds in the 1840s to more than 20,000 birds today. Photo by Kim Hang Dessoliers (www.sharetheexperience.org).
Secretary Salazar Testifies on Reform, Response and Recovery Efforts for Deepwater Horizon Explosion and Oil Spill
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today told the Presidential commission investigating the Deepwater Horizon oil spill that the tragedy has fueled and bolstered the Department's ongoing drive to reform and restructure the federal offshore oil and gas regulatory framework and to make the nation a world leader in safe and environmentally responsible energy development.
“It is my goal for the Department of the Interior, with the help of this Commission, to create the gold standard for worker safety and environmental protection in oil and gas production in the oceans of America,” Secretary Salazar told the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling. “These standards will serve as a model for the world so that other nations too can learn from the tragedy of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.”
Secretary Salazar was joined at the meeting by Interior Deputy Secretary David J. Hayes and Michael R. Bromwich, Director of Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEM).
Secretary Salazar's testimony covered the Department's immediate response efforts, ongoing reform and restructuring of offshore oil and gas regulations, continuing recovery efforts and environmental damage assessments and policy on offshore oil and gas development in the Arctic.