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Interior Secretary Ken Salazar comes to California on Monday with oil and water on the mind, as the federal government gives a gift to Central Valley farmers in the form of more water and a plan for new oil drilling leases on the horizon. Because of our wet winter Secretary Salazar announced last week that farmers in the San Joaquin River Delta would be getting about a 20% increase in federally controlled water supplies, but some kind of long-term water deal among the Western states is still needed. And the Obama Administration is due to announce an oil drilling plan for sensitive lands around the country, and the only sure thing about it is that Secretary Salazar plans a big break from Bush era policies.
Ken Salazar, Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior