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New Drilling Oversight Committee Formed

WASHINGTON (AP) - Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has sworn in a former federal prosecutor as director of a new government agency to oversee offshore drilling and other oil and gas development.

A former assistant U.S. attorney and Justice Department inspector general, Michael R. Bromwich will lead a reorganization of the agency formerly known as the Minerals Management Service.

Bromwich's arrival Monday coincides with a secretarial order signed by Salazar renaming the agency the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement. The previous agency was criticized for a cozy relationship with oil companies and lax oversight.

The Obama administration plans to break up the agency into three separate entities to eliminate conflicts of interest.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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