Sally Jewell Gets Nod For Interior

President Obama's nomination of Sally Jewell to replace Ken Salazar as Secretary of the Interior is earning praise from the oil and gas sector.

Jewell is president and CEO of REI, a leading seller of outdoor clothing and equipment. In announcing her nomination, President Obama pointed to Jewell’s record both for business acumen and environmental stewardship.  But Obama also noted Jewell’s experience as a petroleum engineer at Mobil.

Jim Noe is an executive with Houston-based drilling company Hercules Offshore.

“With Secretary Salazar, we saw a regime that oversaw the drilling moratorium that followed the Macondo oil spill — the regulatory uncertainty and unpredictability for the year or two following the Macondo oil spill. With the nomination of Sally Jewell, to be honest with you, I think the situation for the Gulf of Mexico can only improve.”

Jewell is the first woman the president has nominated for his cabinet in the second term. Salazar announced last month that he will step down in March.


Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

Politics and Government Reporter

Andrew heads Houston Public Media’s coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas delegations in the U.S. House and Senate, as well as the Texas governorship, the state legislature, and county and city governments. Before taking up his current post, Andrew...

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