“culture of substance abuse and promiscuity”

Sofederal investigators found employees of the Minerals Management Service of the Interior Department were engaging in all kinds of hanky panky.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Government officials handling billions of dollars
in oil royalties improperly engaged in sex with employees of energy
companies they were dealing with and received numerous gifts from them,
federal investigators said Wednesday.

The alleged transgressions
involve 13 former and current Interior Department employees in Denver
and Washington. Their alleged improprieties include rigging contracts,
working part-time as private oil consultants, and having sexual
relationships with — and accepting golf and ski trips and dinners from
— oil company employees, according to three reports released Wednesday
by the Interior Department’s inspector general.

The
investigations reveal a “culture of substance abuse and promiscuity” by
a small group of individuals “wholly lacking in acceptance of or
adherence to government ethical standards,” wrote Inspector General
Earl E. Devaney. Devaney’s office spent more than two years and $5.3
million on the investigations.

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My super secret sources tell me suspicions first arose when employees flaunted what they were doing at work on the MMS website:

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But investigations began in earnest after it was discovered that employees produced a video which explored the possibilities of selling royalties from alternative energy sources. The video—“Wheels Go Round Round Round–The Explosive Possiblities of Vibrational Kinetic Energy” was also posted to the website:

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Here is that video:

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UPDATE:Oyster has a very good (and serious) post–“Hold me, thrill me, kiss me, drill me”–on this investigation and past Interior Department corruption.

UPDATE:IG Reportshere (pdf)HERE

9 thoughts on ““culture of substance abuse and promiscuity”

  1. MapleStreet says:

    The Minerals Management Service is national in scope and headquartered in Washington, D.C. It includes two major programs, Offshore Energy and Minerals Management and Minerals Revenue Management. The Offshore program, which manages the mineral resources on the OCS, comprises three regions: Alaska, Gulf of Mexico, and the Pacific. The Minerals Revenue Management program is headquartered in Washington, D.C., but operationally based in Denver, Colorado.
    So am I right in gathering that these are the good folks in charge of drilling in ANWAR and in offshore drilling?
    Yep, I’m sure they would have overseen operations appropriately.

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  2. pansypoo says:

    i must have had the wrong kinda bike seat.

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  3. mdh says:

    Drill!
    Drill!
    Drill!
    Drill!

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  4. Randy Owens says:

    Thrill me, drill me, fulfill me,
    Creature of the right!
    (Rocky Horror Picture Show thing, for those who don’t know.)

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  5. BuggyQ says:

    So, Randy, where do you get your coke?
    Srsly, the timing couldn’t possibly be better for those of us in the reality-based community. Especially those of us here in Colorado. There’s an amendment on the ballot this fall to rescind $300 million in subsidies for the oil and gas industry here. It has been getting a lot of pushback from the industry, but this could be a gamechanger on that.
    And I couldn’t be happier–at least some of that $300 million is slated to go into higher education. Given that Colorado currently ranks something like 48th in spending per capita on higher ed, this is a big, big deal.

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  6. I’ll have what she’s having!!! 😉 Wow, I’ll never be able to forget that once I get a bike for my city life! LOL!
    Okay, off to shut the work ‘puter down and get the hella outta dodge (please let the back roads be clear and have a semi-affordable and available fuel stash so that I can top off the tank safely and get home and drink a drink or few…oh, and pack…LOL!
    C’mon steady power, no signal loss whammies!!!
    Elspeth

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  7. Dr Vega says:

    “culture of substance abuse and promiscuity”
    With that headline, I thought it was another story about Palin’s family.

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  8. samflutch says:

    Illegal drug use and had sexual relations with subordinates, and in consort with industry. Internally, several staff admitted to illegal drug use as well as illicit sexual encounters. Alcohol abuse appears to have been a problem when RIK staff socialized with industry.
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    SAMFLUTCH
    Alcohol Addiction Treatment

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  9. Roseedna says:

    US Government officials responsible for collecting revenue from oil companies have been accused of being involved in a culture of ethical failure.An investigation by the Department of the Interior has found some of its employees have accepted gifts and had sex with workers whom they were overseeing.Others are accused of rigging contracts and working as private consultants.The department’s inspector-general says he uncovered a culture of substance abuse and promiscuity by a small group of individuals.The officials were involved in the royalty-in-kind program that collects and sells oil and gas handed over by energy companies in return for permission to drill on federal land.
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    Roseedna
    Drug Rehabs

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