Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar expressed approval of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit's clarification of its April decision vacating the 2007-2012 Outer Continental Shelf oil and natural gas leasing program. Salazar commented, "President Obama has made clear that a comprehensive energy plan that reduces America’s dependence on foreign oil must include domestic production and the Court’s ruling allows us to move forward in a balanced way. With respect to the Arctic Ocean and Alaska, we will continue to work expeditiously to address the environmental issues identified by the Court in the existing 2007-2012 5-year plan.”