How Oil Regulator's Partnership With Industry Led To Failure

"Two weeks after BP's Macondo well blew out in the Gulf of Mexico, the federal government's Minerals Management Service finalized a regulation intended to control the undersea pressures that threaten deepwater drilling operations.

MMS did not write the rule. As it had dozens of times before, the agency adopted language provided by the oil industry's trade group, the American Petroleum Institute, and incorporated it into the Federal Register.

MMS received two favorable public comments about the regulation: one from the Offshore Operators Committee, an industry group, and the other from BP. The regulation stated: 'BP, a large oil and gas company, expressed the importance of this rule and how they have been involved with MMS and industry to develop the industry standard.' "

Juliet Eilperin and Scott Higham report for the Washington Post August 24, 2010.

SEE ALSO:

"About That DOI Revolving Door ..." (Mother Jones)

"Revolving Door Concerns Overblown?" (Project on Government Oversight)

"Report: Former BLM Boss Took Oil Company Gifts" (AP)

"Salazar Pledges To Limit Interior's Revolving Door" (Washington Post)

"MMS Scandal: Where Are They Now? Deepwater Horizon Edition" (Project on Government Oversight)

"Rahall Probes Revolving Door Between Oil Industry, MMS" (The Hill/E2Wire)

"Washington's Revolving Door: How Oil Oversight Failed" (TIME)

Source: Wash Post, 08/25/2010