May 19th, 2010
04:41 PM ET
4 years ago

Salazar signs order to restructure agency criticized for role in spill

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.


Filed under: Energy • Ken Salazar
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    The plan sounds pretty similar to "Too Big To Fail."

    May 19, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  2. Dar

    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.

    May 19, 2010 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  3. Alan MacDonald

    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,
    Alan MacDonald
    Rockland, Maine

    Sailing ‘Sea Monkey’ this summer on beautiful and pristine Penobscot Bay - looking for oil-balls.

    May 19, 2010 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  4. Peter E

    Yet another example where industry whines that government meddles too much, only to pass the buck and blame everyone else when a crisis arises.

    May 19, 2010 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  5. Jeff in Houston

    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.

    May 19, 2010 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  6. BeverlyNC

    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.

    May 19, 2010 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  7. Julie Range

    Sounds like an excellent idea to me. Too bad it didn't come years ago..

    May 19, 2010 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  8. grrace

    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.

    May 19, 2010 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  9. dre dr.

    solution: make every illegal in the united states legal, and... SECURE OUR BORDERS. Pretty bad solution but its better than all the other ones.

    May 19, 2010 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  10. JES

    Wouldn't you say your a little too late.

    May 19, 2010 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  11. Victim of GOP Taliban

    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.

    May 19, 2010 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |