Washington (CNN) – Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced Wednesday that he launched his plan to restructure the government's Minerals Management Service, which has come under criticism because of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
Under a secretarial order signed by Salazar, the agency will be made into three divisions to split what he called the conflicting duties of regulating oil companies and collecting royalties from them.
The three tasks of the Minerals Management Service - energy development, enforcement and revenue collection - "are conflicting missions and must be separated," Salazar said.
Salazar previously announced his plan to split the responsibilities into separate divisions. The restructuring announced Wednesday provided further details.
Last week, Salazar said that a "culture of corruption" existed at the agency and that he has been trying to change it since becoming interior
secretary in January 2009.
The plan sounds pretty similar to "Too Big To Fail."
We all tend to react after a problem happens. It would sure help if our goverment (years past too) would be proactive, isnt that what we hired them to do. These people are supposed to be smart and see through the tree's to help us along. I guess they are still just looking at the forest.
Funny how they all jump when their jobs are at stake.
Generalized answer: Yes, Empire. No, regulation!
There will be no regulation of the Global Empire - financial, ecological, social, military, legal or otherwise.
The Global corporate/financial/militarist Empire that controls 'our' country does not want, and will not suffer, regulation of any kind to get in its way!
Best luck against this Empire,
Sailing ‘Sea Monkey’ this summer on beautiful and pristine Penobscot Bay - looking for oil-balls.
Yet another example where industry whines that government meddles too much, only to pass the buck and blame everyone else when a crisis arises.
Wow Secretary Salazar. You figured that one out. Now, will you follow through and slam the doors on these people or will you be like the rest of the Obama administration and roll over on the command of big business?
I am so wishing I had voted for Hilary now.
BP should have all its oil permits pulled and have every rig and refinery shut down until each and every one can be inspected.
BP has lied every single day. They have shown unbelievable arrogance and made snide remarks on this disaster of their creation.
BP cares nothing about what they have done to the Gulf, to the Gulf states coastlines, to the fishing industry, to family-owned businesses dependent on tourism.
Shut BP down NOW and let's get their attention that what they have done is not "modest", how much oil spilled is irrelevant, and how the cleanup will be easy. These lying morons are so incompetent they don't even know how to stop the leak at their own rig!
Shut them down and issue NO NEW PERMITS for any more wells. The oil companies have destroyed enough of America as it is. Let's stand up for the People for once and bring these greedy companies to their knees.
Sounds like an excellent idea to me. Too bad it didn't come years ago..
A conflict of interest at MMS also exists at BLM. Fire Ken Salazar & Appoint an Environmentalist/Wildlife Expert. That way, Salazar won't be killing our environment at the same time he's killing our wild horses and burros.
solution: make every illegal in the united states legal, and... SECURE OUR BORDERS. Pretty bad solution but its better than all the other ones.
Wouldn't you say your a little too late.
Yes Big Oil pretty much owns this country. Who knew a Republican President 100 years ago took Big Oil to the Supreme Court to fight their monopoly? Not much has changed except that people like Salazar from Big Oil now supposedly "regulate" themselves.