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Interior Dept. official at MMS resigns

By Ed O'Keefe

By The Post's Juliet Eilperin:

Chris Oynes, the top Interior Department official who oversees offshore oil and gas drilling for the Minerals Management Service, announced Monday that he will retire on May 31, The Washington Post has learned.
Oynes, who has overseen oil and gas leasing in the Gulf of Mexico for 12 years before being promoted to MMS associate director for offshore energy and minerals management, has come under fire for being too close to the industry officials he regulated.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | May 17, 2010; 2:00 PM ET
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Revolving Door  
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Wouldn't want the govmint gettin' in the way of bizniz, now would we??? Hell, I've had a few drinks with those oil boys, they're good people!! They promised me that they'd watch for the "environment" (wink, wink) so I figger'd they knew what they were doin'!!

Posted by: thebobbob | May 17, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

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