Oil Stain Spreads to Regulators

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This week the Inspector General of the Interior Department released a report detailing the cozy relationship between the government regulators and oil and gas companies. The report focused on employees at the Lake Charles, Louisiana office of Minerals and Management Service (MMS) and accuses them of accepting meals, football tickets, golf tournament admissions, hunting trips, and possible jobs. In addition, MMS workers used government computers to send over 314 links to internet pornography and two employees have admitted to using crystal meth. This hour, we’ll look at the corrupt culture in the MMS and how to reform it. Our guests are Mandy Smithberger, an investigator with the Project on Government Oversight and Bill Snape, senior counsel for the Center for Biological Diversity.

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