U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., says President Obama has nominated Bob Abbey, a former top Interior Department official in Nevada, to head the federal Bureau of Land Management. . . .
_Abbey long has supported sharing access on BLM lands, particularly regarding mining and oil and gas development. In 2007 testimony before the House Committee on Natural Resources, he said he favored treating public lands as more than just commodity-production sites.
_There was general approval of Abbey's nomination from conservationists, off-roaders and oil and gas officials.