Gulf Disaster

Drilling-Agency Staff Used Meth, Porn

So what were the staff members at the Minerals Management Service—the Interior Department division in charge of regulating offshore drilling—doing instead of their jobs? Watching pornography, according to a report from the Interior Department's inspector general, as well as a slew of other offenses, including at least one inspector who used crystal meth and may have been under its influence at work. Staff members also accepted tickets to sporting events and free lunches from the oil and gas companies they were supposed to be overseeing. "[W]e discovered that the individuals involved in the fraternizing and gift exchange—both government and industry—have often known one another since childhood,” the inspector general wrote.