"MMS Official To Step Down In Wake Of Gulf Oil Spill"

"Chrys Oynes, the associate director of Offshore Energy and Minerals Management at the Minerals Management Service will retire May 31, reports The Washington Post.

Oynes, who oversaw oil and gas leasing in the Gulf of Mexico for 12 years before being promoted to MMS associate director for Offshore Energy and Minerals Management, has come under fire for being too close to the industry officials he regulated.

The Post reports that Oynes made the announcement Monday.

His move follows the April 20 explosion aboard the offshore oil rig Deepwater Horizon and the subsequent oil spill."

Huffington Post had the story May 17, 2010.

See Also:

"Oynes To Resign in Wake of Oil Leak" (Politico)

"Top Offshore Drilling Regulator Resigns" (POGO)

Source: Huffington Post, 05/18/2010