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Taxpayers Shouldn’t Let Interior Off the Hook When it Comes to Deepwater Horizon

May 3, 2010 


Today the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) called for Congress and government investigators to scrutinize the Interior Department's Minerals Management Service's (MMS) role in the Transocean Deepwater Horizon disaster. Transocean Ltd. is the owner of the drilling rig leased to BP that exploded.

“Taxpayers shouldn’t let Interior off the hook for this,” said POGO Executive Director Danielle Brian. “Everyone knows that MMS’s coziness with industry resulted in the loss of billions of taxpayer dollars, but now we are seeing the even bigger impact of their lax regulation.”

POGO and press reports have found that MMS:

POGO has been impressed by the government’s response to the disaster and hopes that this will begin a trend of improved oversight of taxpayers’ natural resources.

Related Resources: Drilling the Taxpayer: Department of Interior's Royalty-In-Kind Program

Founded in 1981, the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) is a nonpartisan independent watchdog that champions good government reforms. POGO's investigations into corruption, misconduct, and conflicts of interest achieve a more effective, accountable, open, and ethical federal government.

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