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West Seattle's Sally Jewell in Senate confirmation hearings today for Interior Secretary

By Patrick Robinson
West Seattle Herald
West Seattle's Sally Jewell in Senate confirmation hearing today for Interior Secretary post.

West Seattle resident, Sally Jewell CEO of REI who was chosen by President Obama as Secretary of the Interior Department, is facing the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee today in her confirmation hearing.

One senator has indicated she may put up a barrier to the confirmation however. Ranking senator, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) has said she might hold up the nomination to ensure approval of an Alaskan road to connect a remote Aleutian village to an all-weather airport used for medical evacuations. The road would need to pass through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge, a sensitive environmental area. The project has been denied for more than 30 years by the Fish and Wildlife Service. They said last month that they would again deny a proposed land swap that would enable the road to be built.

Jewell, who brings a unique mix of qualifications to the job, has generally gotten the approval of environmental organizations. Her background includes work as a Field Production and Special Projects Engineer for Mobil Oil, a 19 year history in commercial banking with Rainier Bank, West One Bank, and Washington Mutual. She became CEO of REI in 2000 and became President in 2005. Her full work history can be seen here.

A webcast of the hearing can be seen here.
If you miss the live show an archived version will be made available shortly afterward.

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