Pogo no-no

Patrick Crow Washington, D.C. patc@ogjonline.com Thanks to overzealous advocates, the Minerals Management Service's controversial oil royalty rule may be doomed. Last week, Congress again blocked MMS from issuing the often-revised rule (OGJ, Feb. 16, 1998, p. 36), this time until Oct. 1. But, ironically, the rule has been undermined by one of its strongest advocates, the citizen's advocacy group Project on Government Oversight (POGO). POGO has disclosed it paid about $350,000 each to Bob Berman, of the Department of Interior's Office of Policy Analysis, and Robert Speir, now retired from the Department of Energy (OGJ, May 24, 1999, Newsletter)...

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