Backstory: Regulators, Lobbyists and the Gulf

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As the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico drags on, two reports have come out this week detailing some of the mismanagement, missteps and incentives that may have contributed to the spill.

The first was a damaging report by the Office of the Inspector General on the Minerals Management Service, the agency that regulates offshore oil drilling. The other, from the Los Angeles Times details how oil companies secured tax brakes, earmarks and other benefits for their operations in the Gulf of Mexico. We’ll talk to Marian Wang, a reporter-blogger for and Kimberly Geiger, a Staff Writer in the Tribune Washington DC bureau.