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Gulf oil spill: Offshore drilling watchdog agency formally split up

Salazartestify Interior Secretary Ken Salazar issued a directive on Wednesday that will split the troubled Minerals Management Service into three branches – one to lease federal lands and the Outer Continental Shelf for oil, gas and renewable energy development; one to enforce environmental and safety regulations; and one to collect royalties owed to the government.

The directive expands on Salazar’s announcement last week, in the wake of the Gulf oil spill, that he would break up the agency’s functions to avoid conflicts between its revenue-generating and energy-development-regulating duties. The agency has drawn repeated criticism from watchdog groups and auditors for a variety of problems, including lax royalty collection and a cozy relationship with industry.

Salazar said the move, which does not require congressional approval would not be the last MMS reform step he takes. He hailed the newly created Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, in particular, saying it would be “the police of all offshore oil and gas operations.”

-- Jim Tankersley in Washington

Photo: Interior Secretary Ken Salazar testifies before Congress Tuesday. Credit: P.M. Monsivais / Associated Press

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The workers who are cleaning up the oil in the Gulf need to be aware of the chemicals that will be used for the cleaning. I am one of the 11,000+ cleanup workers from the Exxon Valdez oil spill, who is suffering from health issues from that toxic cleanup, without compensation from Exxon.

My name is Merle Savage; a female general foreman during the EVOS beach cleanup in 1989, which turned into 20 years of extensive health deterioration for me and many other workers. Dr. Riki Ott visited me in 2007 to explain about the toxic spraying on the beaches. She also informed me that Exxon's medical records and the reports that surfaced in litigation brought by sick workers in 1994, had been sealed from the public, making it impossible to hold Exxon responsible for their actions. Dr. Riki Ott has written two books; Sound Truth & Corporate Myth$ and Not One Drop. Dr. Ott quotes numerous reports in her books, on the toxic chemicals that were used during the 1989 Prince William Sound oily beach cleanup. Black Wave the Film is based on Not One Drop, with interviews of EVOS victims; my interview was featured in the section; Like a War Zone.

Exxon developed the toxic spraying; OSHA, the Coast Guard, and the state of Alaska authorized the procedure; VECO and other Exxon contractors implemented it. Beach crews breathed in crude oil that splashed off the rocks and into the air -- the toxic exposure turned into chronic breathing conditions and central nervous system problems, along with other massive health issues.
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