WATCHING WASHINGTON INDEPENDENT OILMEN: 'A DYING BREED?
With Patrick Crow Energy Sec. Hazel O'Leary blundered into the headlines fast week when she was credited with some untypically unpolitic remarks about U.S. independent oil producers. After interviewing her at a London meeting the Associated Press reported O'Leary "suggested the industry's smaller domestic players may be a dying breed too feeble to salvage in an era when Big Oil is setting its sights overseas." O'Leary later denied using the words "Dying breed."