Point of View- Burton: MMS must treat royalty payers as 'customers'

President George W. Bush's appointment of Rejane "Johnnie" Burton to the Minerals Management Service this past March was a surprise among some veteran agency-watchers who had expected the White House to turn to a seasoned industry player or congressional staff member well-versed in the arcane world of oil royalty policy (OGJ Online, Jan. 8, 2002). MMS is the federal agency within the US Department of the Interior that collects and distributes revenue generated from oil and gas leases on public land and in federal waters. Burton brings a unique set of qualifications to the position with a solid mix of experience in state government, the oil and gas industry, and education. Since 1995, ...

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