Interior chief seeks balance in use of public lands

October 31, 2013, 04:02 pm

By Laura Barron-Lopez

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Thursday handed down a new order to guide energy development projects on public lands.

The order "is about good government" and encourages businesses to work with Interior on caring for public lands, Jewell said at a National Press Club luncheon.

"Businesses will be able to invest with certainty and clarity in their projects and support the region’s environmental needs, rather than ad-hoc, project-by-project mitigation efforts," Jewell said.