"Tough New Rules Replace Bush Laxity at Renamed Bureau of Ocean Energy"

"The scandal-ridden federal Minerals Management Service is gone, at least in name. [On Monday] Interior Secretary Ken Salazar swore in a former Justice Department Inspector General to head the renamed agency that will oversee oil and gas development on the Outer Continental Shelf with tighter controls.

Michael Bromwich took the oath of office to head the agency, now to be called the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement. It will be known, less formally, as the Bureau of Ocean Energy or BOE.

'The BP oil spill has underscored the need for stronger oversight of offshore oil and gas operations, more tools and resources for aggressive enforcement, and a more effective structure for the agency that holds companies accountable,' said Bromwich. 'We will move quickly and responsibly on our reforms.'"

Environment News Service had the story June 21, 2010.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010