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Gulf oil spill: Break-up of Minerals Management Service yields 'memorabilia'

MMS Whale

When the Obama administration renamed the Minerals Management Service in the wake of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, who would have thought it would spawn a governmental garage sale? While the newly formed Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Regulation and Enforcement fiddles over its abbreviation, the public can snap up souvenirs from the former group's less-savory past.

It's all thanks to a nonprofit agency called the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility. The group, whose slogan is "protecting employees who protect our environment," is auctioning off various trinkets from the days when MMS oversaw oil and gas development on the Outer Continental Shelf. 

According to PEER's website: “The break-up for the Minerals Management Service left us feeling a little empty. To commemorate the life (and timely death) of this agency – PEER has acquired a few items that we are offering to you, if your price is right (just like the MMS!).”

Employees donated the goods, which include an oil-drop paperweight ($125) and a bottle of hand sanitizer complete with an antimicrobial telephone pad ($50).

But you're too late to snap up a 25th anniversary pin, which is described as a “reminder of the agency glory days, before sex, drugs, Sugar Bowl tickets, massive royalty give-aways, and yes, that thing in the Gulf, when Dick Cheney and Haliburton ruled the earth.”

There was also a 4-inch-long whale, referred to as “Petey the Petroleum Loving Whale,” which PEER promised would be a “huge hit with your special mammal.” (Also sold.)

Kate Hornyan, the membership and outreach coordinator for PEER, said coming up with the descriptions of MMS trinkets was a team effort. “We thought some of the ideas were funny,” she said.

PEER director Jeff Ruch even wrote the new Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Regulation and Enforcement, asking that the agency donate "pen sets, coffee cups, windbreakers, etc." All proceeds go to PEER. 

"To the extent that you are having trouble deciding what to do with the piles of MMS mementos, please consider letting PEER take them off your hands," Ruch wrote in the letter.

Bidding began Wednesday morning and closes July 7 at 9 a.m.

-- Nicole Santa Cruz

Photo: "Petey the Petroleum Loving Whale" was auctioned off Wednesday. Credit:
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My question is when Salazar split up the departments and they were renamed, were the people that took trips and gifts and let projects like Deepwater Horizon happen fired?

this new hidden camera footage from today shows workers lined up for hours on the beach doing nothing!!! it's from the BP Oil Spill Frequency which is tracking all video related to the spill -

The oil spill isn't the only disaster present in the U.S. but not in the UK, Amway has ripped off millions of people for several decades, to the tune of 10s of billions of dollars.

Read about it on this website: and forward the information to everyone you know, so they don't get scammed.

Amway is a scam, and here's why: Amway pays out as little money as they can get away with, so they support the higher level IBOs ripping off their downline via the tool scam.

As a result, about 99% of IBOs operate at a net loss, while the top 1% make several TIMES more from their Amway tool scam than from the Amway products. This was made illegal in the UK in 2008, but our FTC is unable to pull their heads out of their butts to stop it here.

Lets Get Rid of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar who made Cape Wind his own project !

Lawmakers are examining the leadership of the Minerals Management Service, a bureau of the Department of the Interior. The Interior Department is charged with enforcing environmental and safety rules for energy exploration.

On April 28 Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced his decision at a joint Massachusetts State House news conference with Gov. Deval Patrick voting to go forward with the Nantucket wind turbine project. The same day of this decision, more than 5,000 barrels of oil had poured into the Gulf of Mexico. (One barrel equals 42 gallons.)

An internal investigation found that in 2008 many at the Minerals Management Service were involved with substance abuse. It was stated that workers accepted gifts and trips.

Salazar decided to make a decision on the Nantucket ocean wind project himself. The decision was to go forward with the first ocean wind project the very day of the Gulf oil spill!

Salazar has now decided to split the MMS into two agencies on the heels of going forward with the wind turbine project. We have to question the regulatory breakdowns happening at Minerals Management.

Every resident of Massachusetts should question the judgment of the Mineral Management Service ocean wind turbine decision before any more projects approved by MMS go forward! Did the MMS since 2009 put too much emphasis on wind and other renewable energy sources?

Those most familiar with the MMS review of Cape Wind recognize that the weight of the project draft and final Environmental Statements is not relevant, but the lacking quality of the content is. MMS has ignored and sanitized the testimony provided on the Cape Wind project indicating this conclusion by Salazar was foregone and politically motivated. Cape Wind is not about public interest. Cape Wind threatens public interests that include environmental and economic interests.


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