Inspector General Faults MMS Investigation of Oil Spill

Friday, June 18, 2010

According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, the U.S. agency in charge of regulating offshore oil drilling is carrying out its investigation of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill in a "completely backwards" manner, and lacks sufficient guidelines and inspectors to police the industry's operations in the Gulf, the acting inspector general of the U.S. Interior Department is expected to tell a congressional panel Thursday, June 17. U.S. officials should also consider setting new ethics rules aimed at limiting the influence of oil and gas industry representatives over regulators, according to remarks prepared for delivery by Mary L. Kendall, the acting inspector general of Interior.

(Source: The Wall Street Journal)

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