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Salazar calls for probe of Bush oil-shale changes

Associated Press Writer

SALT LAKE CITY – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has requested an investigation into last-minute changes the Bush administration made to speed up oil-shale development in the Rocky Mountains.

Salazar says he’s asking his department’s inspector general, Mary Kendall, to look into the changes.

Salazar says that in the final days of the Bush administration, the Interior Department locked in a bargain royalty rate on 30,000 acres of existing oil-shale leases for oil companies.

Salazar says that and other changes were made Jan. 15 without public notice.

In addition, Salazar said Tuesday he was opening a second, more environmentally sensitive round of oil-shale leasing for Colorado, Utah and Wyoming.

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