White House, Interior pledge to review Minerals Management Service procedures

Published May 13, 2010

| Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says it will review environmental procedures followed by the Minerals Management Service for offshore drilling.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Friday the review is part of the administration's efforts to tighten oversight of the minerals agency following the catastrophic Gulf Coast oil spill.

The review will focus on whether the agency is following all environmental laws before issuing permits for offshore oil and gas development.

The announcement comes as President Barack Obama pledged to end a "cozy relationship" between the oil industry and federal regulators that he said had existed for years and into his own administration.