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Ken Salazar hired by oil and gas company after home explosion



Former Interior Secretary and Democratic U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar was hired as a lawyer to represent oil and gas company Anadarko after a home explosion caused by one of the company's wells in Firestone killed two people in April, according to a report in The Colorado Independent, which quotes reports from the International Business Times and MapLight (

The Times and Maplight reported that Salazar spoke to Gov. John Hickenlooper's top lawyer around the time that investigators linked the explosion to a nearby Anadarko well. They also reported that in 2010, the Interior Department, then under Salazar's charge, "waived environmental rules for an Anadarko offshore drilling project after the Deepwater Horizon spill even though Anadarko partially owned the well involved in that disaster."

Salazar currently is a partner in the international law firm WilmerHale, and is quoted in Anadarko promotional materials as supporting hydraulic fracking. The Times reported that Salazar had said he would "honor federal ethics laws by walling himself off from matters in which he was involved at the agency." But despite his work with Andarko, they report, "he has not registered to lobby for the company there, state records show."

Salazar also served as Colorado attorney general and as executive director of the state's Department of Natural Resources. A second Anadarko well explosion in Weld County on May 25 killed one and injured three.

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