Oil cartel and rig inspectors thick as thieves, says new report

Report shows close ties between rig inspectors, oil industry
By David A. Fahrenthold
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, May 25, 2010; 1:17 PM

Inspectors with the Minerals Management Service — charged with enforcing safety and environmental rules on off-shore rigs — routinely took gifts from the companies they were supposed to be policing, including hunting trips, college football tickets and meals, according to a new report.

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