U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar speaks during a news conference Monday, Aug. 13, 2012, in Anchorage, Alaska. On the left is Mike Pool, acting director of the Bureau of Land Management, and Bud Cribley, right, Alaska director for the BLM. Salazar said the proposed plan for the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska will leave more than half of the 23-million acre reserve available for development or construction of infrastructure, such as a pipeline that could carry oil from leases in the Chukchi Sea to the trans-Alaska pipeline. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

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U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar speaks during a news conference Monday, Aug. 13, 2012, in Anchorage, Alaska. On the left is Mike Pool, acting director of the Bureau of Land Management, and Bud Cribley, right, Alaska director for the BLM. Salazar said the proposed plan for the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska will leave more than half of the 23-million acre reserve available for development or construction of infrastructure, such as a pipeline that could carry oil from leases in the Chukchi Sea to the trans-Alaska pipeline. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)
U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar speaks during a news conference Monday, Aug. 13, 2012, in Anchorage, Alaska. On the left is Mike Pool, acting director of the Bureau of Land Management, and Bud Cribley, right, Alaska director for the BLM. Salazar said the proposed plan for the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska will leave more than half of the 23-million acre reserve available for development or construction of infrastructure, such as a pipeline that could carry oil from leases in the Chukchi Sea to the trans-Alaska pipeline. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)
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