Report: Top Offshore Drilling Official to Step Down
The Washington Post’s Juliet Elperin has the scoop that the federal official in charge of offshore drilling will soon be resigning:
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.
Oynes has been in charge of Gulf drilling since 1998, the Post reports.
No surprises here. The MMS has long had a reputation for being too chummy with the industry it’s supposed to be supervising. But the scrutiny has reached new heights in the wake of last month’s Gulf oil spill, and someone’s head had to roll.
The question now is: Will Oynes be the only one?