Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
one...two...tree

Porn, Meth, and Oil Company Parties

4 posts in this topic

Recommended Posts

Filed: Country: Philippines
Timeline

By Josh Harkinson, Mother Jones

Instead of just inspecting offshore oil platforms, employees of the Minerals Management Service spent time trading links to Internet porn, shaking off crystal meth buzzes, and partying on the dime of the oil companies that they were supposed to be regulating, according to a new report released Monday by the Interior Department's Inspector General. The IG's investigation of MMS' Lake Charles office, in oil-ravaged Louisiana, found "a culture where the acceptance of gifts from oil and gas companies was widespread." Among IG findings:

  • Thirteen current and former MMS employees in the Lake Charles office used their MMS email accounts to forward links to Internet porn. Between 2005 and 2009, seven current MMS employees emailed porn 314 times.
  • Two MMS employees admitted to using crystal meth. In one instance, an MMS inspector admitted that he "might have been under the influence of the drug [at work] after using it the day before."
  • In 2005, two MMS inspectors and their families accepted tickets and a flight to the Peach Bowl in Atlanta, which were provided at a steep discount by Carlos Kibodeaux, the owner of Contract Operator Production Services, an offshore oil service company. "The 40 to 3 #### whupping LSU put on Miami was a lot more impressive in person," an inspector wrote the next day. "My daughter and I had a blast."
  • Other gifts from oil companies included meals, hunting and fishing trips, and entrance fees to skeet shooting and golf tournaments.
  • A confidential source told investigators that some MMS investigators had allowed workers on oil platforms to fill out MMS inspection forms. The inspectors would then sign the forms and turn them in as their own.
  • In June 2008, an MMS inspector used his government email to conduct employment negotiations with Island Operating Company, an offshore oil services company that he had repeatedly cited for breaking safety rules. After his employment negotiations began, he conducted four inspections of IOC oil platforms, none of which resulted in citations. Soon afterwards, IOC hired him.

While the news that the hard-partiers at MMS ####### themselves to industry [2] isn't particularly new, most of the past revelations have centered around the agency's royalty collection arm. That the same problems affect the inspection of offshore oil platforms is tragic, to say the least, in the context of the BP [3] oil spill. The IG claims that the unseemly ties between industry and Lake Charles' MMS regulators are things of the past, having been severed in the wake of the January 2007 firing of an inspector who'd taken gifts from an oil company. But some inspectors could have gotten better at hiding their ties to the good 'ol boys. After all, it's hard to imagine a change of heart on the part of some former inspectors cited in the report. Asked by a Conoco Phillips employee in an email exchange if he ever takes bribes, one former inspector said he didn't, but added that he does take "'gifts'" from "good friends that I wouldn't write up anyway."

link

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Brazil
Timeline

dang, i've got the wrong job! :crying:


* ~ * Charles * ~ *
 

I carry a gun because a cop is too heavy.

 

USE THE REPORT BUTTON INSTEAD OF MESSAGING A MODERATOR!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
 

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
- Back to Top -


Important Disclaimer: Please read carefully the Visajourney.com Terms of Service. If you do not agree to the Terms of Service you should not access or view any page (including this page) on VisaJourney.com. Answers and comments provided on Visajourney.com Forums are general information, and are not intended to substitute for informed professional medical, psychiatric, psychological, tax, legal, investment, accounting, or other professional advice. Visajourney.com does not endorse, and expressly disclaims liability for any product, manufacturer, distributor, service or service provider mentioned or any opinion expressed in answers or comments. VisaJourney.com does not condone immigration fraud in any way, shape or manner. VisaJourney.com recommends that if any member or user knows directly of someone involved in fraudulent or illegal activity, that they report such activity directly to the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement. You can contact ICE via email at Immigration.Reply@dhs.gov or you can telephone ICE at 1-866-347-2423. All reported threads/posts containing reference to immigration fraud or illegal activities will be removed from this board. If you feel that you have found inappropriate content, please let us know by contacting us here with a url link to that content. Thank you.
×
×
  • Create New...