[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/05/18/art.salazar.gi.jpg caption="Ken Salazar outlined the steps he has taken to overhaul the Minerals Management Service."]NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) - A top U.S. official pledged Tuesday to reform how the government does business with the oil industry, and to hold BP accountable for the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Speaking before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar outlined the steps he has taken to overhaul the Minerals Management Service, which has been criticized for having a "cozy" relationship with the oil and gas companies it's tasked with overseeing.
The MMS has been in the spotlight since the Deepwater Horizon, an oil rig operated by BP, exploded and sank in the Gulf of Mexico last month, killing 11 people. The disaster resulted in a huge oil spill that has yet to be contained.