In reaction to the Interior Department Inspector General’s report on serious ethical and professional misbehavior by Mineral Management Service employees, Sen. Charles E. Schumer, Chairman of the Joint Economic Committee, released the following statement:
“Unfortunately for U.S. consumers, this IG report has it all – sex, drugs, and Bush administration officials once again in cahoots with Big Oil. The Department of Justice and the Interior Department should prosecute those involved in this unseemly case to the fullest extent of the law- it is a flagrant abuse of the public trust.”
The Joint Economic Committee issued a report last year that revealed taxpayers lost billions in revenues due to shoddy oil and gas royalties collection by the Bush Interior Department’s MMS division. You can find the full JEC report here.