The Minerals Management Service, which is responsible for regulating offshore drilling, has been accused of corruption, lax drilling oversight and being cozy with the oil industry. In May, Elizabeth Birnbaum stepped down as director of the MMS.
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The Wall Street Journal reports that the MMS has only 60 inspectors for the Gulf of Mexico region to cover nearly 4,000 facilities.
BP's Deepwater Horizon oil rig in 2008, according to government inspection documents, even though government regulations dictate drilling rigs should be inspected each month.
In the wake of the allegations of some of its regulators having close ties to the industry it regulates, the MMS is being retooled and reorganized.
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