CBS NEWS: Ken Salazar Stepping Down As Interior Secretary

Source: Leigh Ann Caldwell / CBS News

President Obama has another cabinet position to fill. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced his resignation today and in a letter to his department, he said he plans to leave by the end of March and return to Colorado.

“After much reflection, I have decided to announce that I intend to return to my home state of Colorado and my family, having fulfilled my promise to President Obama to serve four years as Secretary,” he wrote to agency staff.

In his letter, Salazar said agency successes include “a renewable energy revolution,” land preservation and conservation and the settlement of the Cobell case, a class action lawsuit against the U.S. government by Native Americans.

His tenure also included the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, which not only spilled about 5 million barrels of oil into the gulf but killed 11 workers. The agency was criticized for the loose permitting process and lax oversight of the oil industry’s deep-water drilling.

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