Head of agency overseeing offshore drilling resigns

WASHINGTON Thu May 27, 2010 11:34am EDT

Minerals Management Service director Liz Birnbaum in an undated photo. REUTERS/MMS/Handout

Minerals Management Service director Liz Birnbaum in an undated photo.

Credit: Reuters/MMS/Handout

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the Minerals Management Service federal agency that oversees U.S. offshore oil drilling has resigned, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said on Thursday.

"She has resigned," Salazar said of Liz Birnbaum during a House subcommittee hearing on the growing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Many lawmakers and environmental groups blamed the lax regulation by MMS of offshore drilling rigs and production platforms for helping cause the oil spill.

Salazar told the subcommittee she was "a good public servant."

(Reporting by Tom Doggett; Editing by John Picinich)

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Comments (2)
javalation wrote:
Not to worry for her future. Surely BP has a nice job waiting for her heading up their compliance department.

May 27, 2010 12:32pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
LolaF wrote:
Did you read about BP bussing in temporary clean-up workers for the Obama visit and then bussing them out as soon as he left? I’m not kidding:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ynews/20100528/ts_ynews/ynews_ts2320

May 28, 2010 10:50pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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