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REI CEO Sally Jewell To Be Sworn In As Secretary Of The Interior

• Francie Diep via

The new U.S. Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell, has both headed camping-gear company R.E.I. and worked as a petroleum engineer. As secretary, she'll be in charge of perennially controversial decisions about conservation, recreation and oil and gas drilling.

In the final vote before her confirmation, the U.S. Senate voted 87-11 in Jewell's favor April 10. Jewell will be sworn in this afternoon. She takes Ken Salazar's place in President Barack Obama's second cabinet.

The Seattle Times outlined some of the hotly debated questions Jewell will tackle:

Should offshore oil drilling continue in the Arctic? How should hydraulic fracturing companies report the chemicals they use on public and Indian land? What will happen if the Fish and Wildlife Service declare the sage grouse, whose habitat oil companies want to explore, endangered? Jewell may also inherit a decision from Salazar's tenure about whether a road should go through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska.

Jewell worked in oil field engineering for three years before working as a banker for 19 years. In 2000, she joined R.E.I. as a chief officer, becoming chief executive officer in 2005.

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