OTC: Farquhar says 'political people' don't interfere with permitting

05/16/2011
Sam FletcherSenior Writer"Political people don't pay attention to individual permits. They don't interfere with permitting for political purposes," Ned Farquhar, deputy assistant secretary for land and minerals management in the US Department of the Interior, told energy professionals May 5 at the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston.In a panel discussion of risk management on the last day of OTC, he said the General Accounting Office for the first time has included Interior's oil and gas program in its high risk category among government agencies that may not meet their goals.Although DOI's receipts for commercial development of federal land previously has been second only...
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