Mr. Salazar, who last year rescinded some potentially destructive leases in Utah, has taken another important step. At a news conference last week, he announced that the Bureau of Land Management — the agency that manages the bulk of the public lands — would now conduct more rigorous reviews of proposed leases, increase its consultation with other public agencies charged with protecting the environment and allow for more input from the public on future drilling decisions.
…Mr. Salazar has more to do. Still ahead are important decisions involving offshore leasing in the Arctic, where we hope he will show similar restraint. And he should review and rectify some of the Bureau of Land Management’s previous blunders, including indiscriminate leasing and permitting in the Upper Green River Valley in Wyoming, a wildlife-rich area where the agency has been sued in court for skirting the law and ignoring public protests.