Watching Government: An independent's points

The US Senate Energy and Environment Committee's June 24 hearing attracted a crowd to hear senators discuss four bills responding to the Gulf of Mexico deepwater well blowout. US Interior Sec. Ken Salazar and Michael R. Bromwich, director of the US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement, were there to discuss the former Minerals Management Service's reorganization.By the time Stone Energy Corp. Pres. David H. Welch testified, most of the committee members and spectators had gone, which was unfortunate because he made several important points."From an industry perspective, I am less concerned with the acronym associated with the agencies than I am getting a tim...

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