Big government returns

A raid on a private residence by federal agents to snatch a celebrity 6-year-old from relatives.A federal order to split Microsoft Corp. into two companies.How are these recent developments related? And how do they affect the oil and gas industry?Add a few items to the list:Publication by the Minerals Management Service of final rules calling for unnecessarily drastic, probably impracticable, and possibly illegal change to procedures for calculating the royalty on production from federal oil and gas leases.Selection by the Environmental Protection Agency of the strictest possible options for reducing sulfur levels of gasoline and diesel fuel.Consideration by EPA of revisions to its new so...

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