Interior:

Assistant Secretary Watson lays out energy priorities for BLM, MMS on public lands

With a natural gas boom under way in the western United States, energy companies say the Interior Department is moving too slowly on drilling permits. Meantime, environmental critics contend that the department is placing too much emphasis on energy issues at the expense of environmental protection. Rebecca Watson, Interior Department assistant secretary for land and minerals management, explains her efforts to find middle ground and also describes what the energy bill means for future exploration efforts on public lands. Plus, Watson weighs in on the need for more offshore drilling and proposed changes to the Endangered Species Act. (Editor's note: This interview was taped previous to the events of Hurricane Katrina.)