Teapot Dome transitions

The US Department of Energy retained Denver-based Meagher Energy Advisors Inc. on Apr. 22 to sell Naval Petroleum Reserve No. 3 (NPR-3) in Wyoming—better known as Teapot Dome. But the bigger impact may come from the ongoing sale of the Rocky Mountain Oilfield Testing Center (RMOTC) within it. Both divestitures represent transitions: Teapot Dome, which is named for a nearby rock's resemblance to a teapot, was created by presidential order in 1915. It became synonymous with scandal in 1923 when a US Senate committee discovered Sec. of the Interior Albert B. Fall secretly leased reserves there and in California to private oil companies. Fall, who resigned shortly before the scandal broke, wa...

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