In 2006, then Interior Secretary Gale A. Norton awarded Shell subsidiary Royal Dutch Shell PLC three oil-shale leases on federal land in Colorado reportedly worth hundred of billions of dollars. Months later, Norton stepped down as Secretary and took a lucrative job with--who else?--Shell.
Under her watch, the department was knee-deep in scandals involving illicit sex, drugs, and obstruction of justice. Norton was never implicated in any of that, but now is the target of a Justice Department corruption probe.
Meanwhile current secretary Ken Salazar announced on Wednesday that he will terminate a controversial Norton-era oil-and gas-royalty program that has reportedly robbed taxpayers of millions.