Oil company that hired Interior official won't seek ANWR acreage
It is unclear if Balash was advised to recuse himself from matters involving the NPRA, and DOI did not respond to specific questions about the ethics office determination. The draft EIS for the NPRA was released less than three months after Balash left the department. Those potential conflicts should have raised red flags, according to one good governance advocate. “DOI ethics office should have told Balash to recuse from matters related to drilling in that part of Alaska if it was clear that his prospective employer would benefit from decisions he made,” said Delaney Marsco, ethics counsel with the Campaign Legal Center.
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