Salazar: IG follow-up report on agency that oversees offshore drilling is ‘deeply disturbing’By Matthew Daly, AP
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Salazar: IG drilling findings ‘deeply disturbing’
WASHINGTON — Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says a new report by Interior’s inspector general is “deeply disturbing” and shows the importance of reforming an agency that oversees offshore drilling.
The report, which follows up on a 2007 investigation, found that staffers at the Minerals Management Service accepted tickets to sports events, lunches and other gifts from oil and gas companies and used government computers to view pornography.
Salazar said several employees in the report have resigned, were fired, terminated or referred for prosecution. He said it showed the importance of his plan to abolish the agency and replace it with three new entities.
All the violations mentioned in the report occurred between 2000 and 2008.
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