May 11th, 2010
11:34 AM ET
13 years ago

Drilling regulator 'an agency in crisis,' Republican says

Washington (CNN) - Rep. Darrell Issa, R-California, the Ranking Member on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, issued the following statement in response to the Obama administration's plan to split up the Mineral Management Service ("MMS"), the federal agency that regulates oil and gas drilling.

“MMS has been an agency in crisis for the better part of the Clinton, Bush and Obama Administrations. Despite numerous reports highlighting the corruption and dysfunction within MMS, it has unfortunately taken a large-scale and costly crisis to get the attention needed to have a legitimate discussion about the need to overhaul MMS and liberate it from the Department of Interior.

“Hopefully, Secretary Salazar’s proposal represents a first step in what must be a comprehensive effort that will address the entirety of the bureaucratic breakdown at Interior. Working together, we can incorporate the best of all ideas and recognize the problems at Interior and MMS stretch far beyond the Deepwater Horizon incident.

“While there are many outstanding questions surrounding what went wrong and what should have been done to avoid this disaster, what we know for sure is that MMS is in need of a surgical overhaul and that a quick-fix, band-aid approach is wholly inadequate and will only serve to preserve a broken bureaucracy at the expense of the American people and their safety.”

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  1. Hugo

    Okay, please someone tell me just one Federal oversight agency that actually functions to protect and serve our citizenry. I mean one that protects and serves us through regulating Big Business and doesn't have a vested interest other than taking and misspending our money...
    SEC-NO too busy watching Porn
    Banking-NO too busy getting special mortgage deals
    DNR-NO too busy getting high and having sex with Contractors
    DOJ-NO too busy trying to decide who the enemy is
    ICE-Hell No, too busy supplying Big business a cheap labor force

    Hmmmmmmm! Can't really think of one lately, can ya?

    May 11, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  2. No Incumbents 2010

    Obama's management of MMS is nothing less than criminal negligence. Blaming Bush for everything has to stop. This is like a renting a car, falling asleep at the wheel, then blaming the person who rented the car before you when you fall asleep and cause an accident.

    May 11, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  3. JonDie

    Under Bush and Cheney, Republicans GUTTED all regulation as well as all emergency management. And now regulations think they know how to fix it?

    And according to the Tea Party, which increasingly runs the GOP, all regulation is socialistic evil, and oil companies are entitled to unlimited profits even as they destroy the very ecosystems that humans depend on to survive.

    May 11, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  4. kyle from ohio

    And Darth Vader shows up again. Thanks Dick Cheney (warlord).

    The USA coastline is being destroyed, because of self-interest, self-serving greedy people. Who use words like They and Them, not words like US or WE.

    May 11, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  5. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert but...

    Maybe the regulators were surfin' for porn. Have a nice day!

    May 11, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
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