Watching Government: Congress goes after MMS

Congress may feel helpless in trying to stop the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. But it's ready to go after the US Minerals Management Service.US Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.) said on May 17 he was disappointed that US Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and MMS officials were not available for the committee's hearing on responses to the spill following the Apr. 20 rig accident in the gulf.Basically, said Lieberman, he wondered if government regulators relied too heavily on oil company expertise. "Almost 10 years ago, in December 2000, BP [PLC] filed only a regional response plan, and MMS accepted it without asking for more," he said. "Shoul...

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