Burton: Confusion led to price threshold omission

09/25/2006
Confusion over where to place a price threshold in the final rule may have led to its omission in federal deepwater leases in 1998 and 1999, US Minerals Management Service Director Johnnie Burton told a US House committee Sept. 14.Burton emphasized that the Department of the Interior agency still is not certain what actually happened. She awaits the results of an investigation she requested from Earl E. Devaney, the department’s inspector general, soon after learning of the omission in early 2006.But Burton told the House Government Operations Committee that MMS’s own inquiries show that after Congress passed the Deepwater Royalty Relief Act in 1995, a price threshold was incl...
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