BLM Director Abbey To Oversee MMS Split-Up

Law360, New York (May 28, 2010, 4:09 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of the Interior has tapped Bureau of Land Management Director Bob Abbey to temporarily head the Minerals Management Service, following Elizabeth Birnbaum's resignation in the wake of the BP PLC oil spill amid accusations of the agency's "cozy" relationship with Big Oil.

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced Friday that Abbey, a Mississippi native with more than 33 years of experience in resource management in federal and state government positions, will assume the role of acting director of the agency in order...
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