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September 10, 2008

They've BEEN Drilling!

-- by Dave Johnson

Republicans, paid by oil companies, have been shouting "Drill Now!" Well, it turns out that the Republicans have BEEN drilling all along! And pumping. (Was that over the top?)

Report: U.S. Oil Program Rife with Conflicts, Favoritism, 'Promiscuity',

Government officials in a program that collects royalties from firms drilling on federal land partied and had sexual relationships with employees of oil and gas companies; accepted lavish gifts including ski trips, sports tickets and golf outings; and steered contracts to favored firms, according to a two-year Interior Department investigation released today.

Investigators said they "discovered a culture of substance abuse and promiscuity" in the Colorado office of the program.

Also, Wide-Ranging Ethics Scandal Emerges at Interior Dept. ,
As Congress prepares to debate expansion of drilling in taxpayer-owned coastal waters, the Interior Department agency that collects oil and gas royalties has been caught up in a wide-ranging ethics scandal — including allegations of financial self-dealing, accepting gifts from energy companies, cocaine use and sexual misconduct.

In three reports delivered to Congress on Wednesday, the department’s inspector general, Earl E. Devaney, found wrongdoing by a dozen current and former employees of the Minerals Management Service, which collects about $10 billion in royalties annually and is one of the government’s largest sources of revenue other than taxes.

Posted by Dave Johnson at September 10, 2008 1:46 PM


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