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House panel OKs overhaul of oil drilling agency

5 years ago July 15, 2010 Jul 15, 2010 Thursday, July 15 2010 Thursday, July 15, 2010 9:14:26 AM CDT in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Jessica Dunne

In Washington, a House panel approved legislation that would overhaul the Minerals Management Service, the agency responsible for regulating offshore drilling.  The bill sets to divide the agency into three parts: one for leasing and permitting; one for inspections and investigations; and another to collect revenue. 

The bill would also clamp down on the close relations between the government and the oil industry by adding a two-year ban on offshore drilling regulators taking jobs with certain companies.

The House Natural Resources Committee passed the bill Thursday 27-21.  Most Democrats supported it, but all the Republicans on the panel were opposed to it.

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