The POGO mess

The POGO controversy continues to broaden, miring the U.S. Minerals Management Service`s effort to promulgate a controversial oil royalty reform regulation.It was disclosed in May that two federal employees might have had a vested interest in advocating a tough royalty rule. The men are Bob Berman, of the Department of Interior`s Office of Policy Analysis, and Robert Speir, now retired from the Department of Energy.The men received $350,000 each after the Project on Government Oversight (POGO), a public advocacy group, received a $1.2 million settlement last fall in a royalty lawsuit.That has spawned a Department of Justice criminal investigation and prompted oil-state senators to ask Int...

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