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Judge stops drilling in Alaska. Cites violations in environmental law by the Federal Minerals Management Service

Its an open secret that the United States Government Minerals Management Service is utterly corrupt. It's one case where the tools who operate the machinery of government are greased by a well-oiled energy lobby that's always eager to supply drugs, money, and sex to the government employees who regulate them.

The New York Times reported today that Alaskan Federal Judge, Ralph R. Beistline, has ordered oil companies to cease development of offshore oil drilling  in the Chuckchi Sea (Alaska's North Coast). The Judge blamed the Minerals Management Service for failing to properly analyze the effects of development.

It's about time.

In the last ten years, the Minerals Management Service, the Federal agency responsible for regulating oil drilling and mining on taxpayer owned property, has been embroiled in scandals where energy companies have been alleged to provide sex, money and drugs to MMS regulators in return for favors and lucrative contracts. In 2008, the New York Times exposed the activities again. Now it looks as though once again, the regulatory lights at Minerals Management have been left on with nobody home.  Apparently all of the regulators have been so busy partying since  that they let oil industry executives do their jobs for them: Believe it or not, Minerals Management employees actually allowed oil executives to complete official MMS paperwork.

The Minerals Management Service is responsible for collecting money from mining and energy companies and for issuing leases and permits to British Petroleum. Perhaps most disturbing is the fact that MMS issued scores of additional drilling permits to British Petroleum after the Gulf oil Disaster occurred on April 20, 2010.  The Southern Environmental Law Center is challenging the Minerals Mangement Servic policies in court. Learn more here.