Budget 2012: Interior
The $12 billion budget request for the Interior Department is largely unchanged, but reflects that painful cuts had to be made in the department's effort "to do more with less," said Secretary Ken Salazar. Construction projects, cut by about $80 million, are among the things Salazar said "we can't afford right now." Departmental travel and technology purchases were cut by another $80 million.
In the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the agency dramatically changed the way it will regulate offshore oil and gas drilling. Interior will devote $500 million to a new Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement. More money was requested for a unit to investigate corporate misconduct and unethical behavior, among other things. The increased funding would be offset in part by an increase in oil and gas inspection fees that would bring in $65 million, officials said.
The budget also includes $73 million for President Obama's pet project, generating 9,000 megawatts of energy through wind, geothermal and solar power initiatives on lands controlled by Interior. Budget cuts were also made to wildlife refuges, national parks, public lands and tribal areas.
This post has been updated since it was first published.
| February 14, 2011; 1:18 PM ET
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