Tracking Down Minerals Management Service's Dysfunctional History of Drilling Oversight

Publication: Denver Post

Author: Mark Jaffe, David Olinger


06/06/2010 - From its creation in 1982, the Minerals Management Service at the center of the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster has been a conflicted agency.

Charged both with collecting revenue generated by oil and gas drilling to fund the government, and with approving the permits that generate that revenue, the MMS has always been torn between whether to be a regulator or friend to industry.

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"This has been a troubled agency in every administration," said Marilyn Heiman, a former Interior Department official in the Clinton administration who is now director of the U.S. Arctic Program for the Pew Environment Group.

Read the full article, Tracking Down Minerals Management Service's Dysfunctional History of Drilling Oversight, on the Denver Post's Web site.

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