Salazar claims he will solve problems by dividing the oil leasing/revenue collecting agency-
It’s an obscure agency in the Dept of Interior to some, but not to the oil companies or the federal treasury. It collects more money than any federal agency except the IRS. It has been the seat of a number a scandals in recent years from undercollecting royalities, lax safety and environmental oversight, and giving out oil and gas leases for sex from oil lobbyists.
When Salazar took office he said these days were over. He hopes splitting the environmental oversight and safety part of the agency from the leasing and royalty collection will help.
In other news, public support for more offshore drilling is collapsing in the polls. So is perception that Obama is doing a good job handling the situation.
Here’s a story from the Washington Post. Minerals Management Service to undergo radical overhaul. By Juliet Eilperin and Ed O’Keefe: