MMS Regulators In Hot Seat Over BP Oil Spill

Law360, New York (May 04, 2010, 3:07 PM ET) -- Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., and Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., are calling for an investigation into whether cozy ties with energy companies led Minerals Management Service officials to overlook safety flaws on oil rigs, including the BP PLC-operated rig at the center of the recent catastrophic Gulf of Mexico spill.

The lawmakers sent separate letters to Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar on Monday voicing concerns that MMS rulemakers had bowed to industry pressure and allowed BP and others to get away with inadequate deepwater-drilling-gear safeguards to...
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