MMS director responds to royalty-collection allegations

US Minerals Management Service Director Johnnie Burton questioned comparisons that apparently were the basis of allegations that federal natural gas royalty collections have not kept pace with rising prices.She made that point in a response to a Jan. 23 New York Times article that prompted Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) and 21 other US senators to request a Government Accountability Office review of MMS royalty collections (OGJ Online, Jan. 25, 2006).House Resources Committee Chairman Richard W. Pombo (R-Calif.) also reacted to the article when he asked Interior Sec. Gale Norton in a Jan. 23 letter to supply the committee with “all relevant data so that we can ensure the public is gettin...

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