Backstory: Regulators, Lobbyists and the Gulf

Thursday, May 27, 2010

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.


Kimberly Geiger and Marian Wang

Comments [5]

dboy from nyc

... this is a little closer to journalism!

May. 27 2010 01:35 PM
John from Jersey Shore

There are some great resources out there to find out what is actually going on in the Gulf. reported the spill was ten times the reported amount three weeks ago. Also, a tool has been created so people in the area can report what they are actually seeing.

May. 27 2010 01:25 PM
thatgirlinnewyork from manhattan

why not reverse oil and gas "exploration" exemptions from the clean water, clean air, and superfund acts (granted them in cheney's 2005 energy act)?

please help listeners understand why this parallels the threat of gas drilling in PA and NY's southern tier--and what we'll lose if the DEC gets its way.

see to learn more.

May. 27 2010 01:23 PM
Jeff from Brooklyn

I am very much enjoying this report on the state of royalty regulations, however I feel that Ms. Geiger is difficult to listen to due her speaking style and enunciation.


May. 27 2010 01:20 PM
James from Bronx

Leonard, please don't refer to this as the "Gulf oil spill." We don't refer to the Exxon Valdez as the "Prince William Sound oil spill." Call it what it is: the BP oil spill.

May. 27 2010 01:19 PM

Leave a Comment

Email addresses are required but never displayed.

Get the WNYC Morning Brief in your inbox.
We'll send you our top 5 stories every day, plus breaking news and weather.