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Ex-Auditor Criticizes MMS For Favoring Big Oil

Law360 (March 29, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A former Interior Department auditor on Wednesday accused senior officials of the Minerals Management Service in a House panel hearing of playing favorites with Big Oil when it came to collecting royalties.

Auditor-turned-whistleblower Bobby L. Maxwell, who brought a civil suit against Kerr-McGee Corp. last year, said “there were statements made: ‘Don’t bother the oil companies’” while he was working for the MMS.

“The MMS is the proverbial ostrich that has its head in the sand, that sees nothing, knows nothing, but says that no royalties...
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