Watching Government: Funding BOEMRE

11/29/2010
Nick SnowWashington EditorThe US Department of the Interior and the US oil and gas industry may disagree on recent actions by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement—the former US Minerals Management Service, which was renamed and reorganized following the Apr. 20 Macondo well accident.DOI and industry agree on one major point, however: BOEMRE needs a decent budget to do its job.It hasn't had one in the past, which partially explains why the agency's safety and regulatory expertise failed to keep pace with industry's technology. Deputy BOEMRE Director Walter D. Cruickshank was succinct as he testified before President Barack Obama's independent oil spill c...
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