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Sex, Drugs, and Rockin' Oil

Are we surprised to find out that the U.S. government employees who oversee offshore oil drilling turn out to be literally and figuratively 'in bed' with the oil industry?  A compilation of news stories about this scandal.

by Sterling D. Allan
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None of us in the renewable energy sector are surprised by the scandal that was announced Wednesday involving sex and drug favors to the U.S. Department of Interior personnel overseeing offshore oil drilling.

This embarrassing illustration of the cozy relationship between the Bush administration and the oil industry is now paraded before the world.  This unveiling of the wizard behind the curtain can be a positive thing for the quest to move toward renewable energy sources.

The day prior to the report's release, President Bush had a private lunch with Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne, the man in charge of the agency at the heart of the scandal.  To be a fly on the wall during that meeting . . .

The allegations of scandalous behavior involve a dozen or so government employees in Denver and Washington.  Their task is to sell U.S. mineral rights to oil companies -- contracts worth eight billion annually, providing one of the government's biggest sources of revenue besides taxes.

According to the inspector general, they rigged contracts, and engaged in illegal moonlighting, drugs, sex and gift-taking from oil company representatives.

The report allegations include:
  • An employee who attended a so-called "treasure hunt" in the desert with all expenses paid by an oil producer.
  • A former supervisor who bought cocaine from a colleague, then boosted her performance award, had sex with subordinates and steered government contracts to an outside business where he also worked.

CBS News reported that "no one - from the oil companies to the workers allegedly involved - provided a response today other than to say they cooperated with the investigation, or appropriate action will be taken."

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Google News Archive

The following are the stories that pulled up in Google News for a search on the term sex+oil+interior, as of Sept. 11, 2008, 7:15 pm Mountain time.

ABC News
US Interior Secy 'outraged' by oil-sex scandal
Reuters - 3 hours ago
By Tom Doggett WASHINGTON, Sept 11 (Reuters) - US Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne on Thursday said he was "outraged" by department workers who had sex, ...
Video: Gov't Officials Probed About Illicit Sex, Gifts AssociatedPress
Oil-and-Sex Scandal Spawns Criticism, Hill Hearing Washington Post
Sex, drug claims taint US oil deals The Age
Seattle Post Intelligencer - International Herald Tribune
all 1,497 news articles »

The Associated Press
Oil brokers sex scandal may affect drilling debate
The Associated Press - 13 hours ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — A scandal involving sex, drugs and — uh, offshore oil drilling. It's a strange mix, and it couldn't have come at a worse time for those in ...

The Associated Press
Interior employees accused in sex, gift scandal
The Associated Press - 20 hours ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — Government brokers responsible for collecting billions of dollars in federal oil royalties operated in a "culture of substance abuse and ...
CNBC: Dems Will Exploit Sex Scandal to Stop Oil Drilling
Business Media Institute, VA - 4 hours ago
By Jeff Poor Call this a case of sex, drugs and crude oil. It was recently reported that federal investigators discovered an Interior Department group ...

Sex, drugs and oil: corruption scandal rocks US agency
AFP - 20 hours ago
WASHINGTON (AFP) — US Department of the Interior employees who handled billions of dollars in oil contracts improperly engaged in sex with energy company ...
Sex, Drugs, and Royalties
Slate - 13 hours ago
... with oil and gas company representatives," and created a "culture of substance abuse and promiscuity." The latest reports by the Interior Department's ...

Sex, Lies And Big Oil?
CBS News, NY - Sep 10, 2008
But according to the Inspector General, they rigged contracts, and engaged in illegal moonlighting, drugs, sex and gift-taking from oil company ...
Sex and drugs for US oil firm regulators
all 3 news articles »
Gov't officials probed about illicit sex, gifts
The Associated Press - Sep 10, 2008
WASHINGTON (AP) — Government officials handling billions of dollars in oil royalties partied, had sex with and accepted golf and ski outings from employees ...
Government oil officials probed about illicit sex
The Associated Press - Sep 10, 2008
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal investigators say government officials handling billions of dollars in oil royalties engaged in illicit sex with employees of ...
Gov't officials investigated for sex, gifts
The Associated Press - Sep 10, 2008
Congress earlier this year passed a law halting deposits of oil to the reserve to alleviate high gasoline prices. Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne, ...
Shocking Oil-For-Sex-And-Cocaine Scandal Engulfs Federal Agency
Gawker, NY - Sep 10, 2008
The Interior Department is the classic example of the type of thing Republican hacks will accuse of being an overfunded regulation-happy socialist ...
Oil Industry Sex and Drug Scandal
Free Market News Network, FL - 13 hours ago
US Interior Department employees who oversaw oil drilling on federal lands had sex and used illegal drugs with workers at energy companies where they were ...

ABC News
Blog Buzz: Sarah Palin's Pork, Remembering 9/11, Interior ...
U.S. News & World Report, DC - 4 hours ago
Marc Ambinder has a memo from McCain that defends Palin on earmarks. Sex, Drugs, and Rock and Roll At the...Department of the Interior? ...
Video: McCain, Palin Campaign in Missouri AssociatedPress
all 1,841 news articles »

Will Scandal Shake-up Offshore Drilling Bill?
ProPublica, NY - 9 hours ago
Yesterday's reports focus on the Minerals Management Service, an Interior Department agency that collects royalties from oil companies drilling on federal ...
Video: Bush: Congress Should Allow Offshore Drilling AssociatedPress
all 1,418 news articles »
Feds probe Interior staff, oil co. impropriety: report
MarketWatch - Sep 10, 2008
... of the Interior is investigating personnel handling billions of dollars in oil royalties alleging they received improper gifts and had sex with energy ...
AP Executive Morning Briefing
The Associated Press - 15 hours ago
___ Oil brokers sex scandal may affect drilling debate WASHINGTON (AP) — A scandal involving sex, drugs and — uh, offshore oil drilling. It's a strange mix, ...
Interior employees accused in sex, gift scandal
WTOP, DC - 20 hours ago
Report Commentby Vic H. @ 11:03pm - Wed Sep 10th, 2008 How about redirection of cash royalties and oil company influence. "An Interior Department official ...
Elderly evacuate Texas...Sex and oil?...9/11 anniversary ...
Reiten Television KXMB Bismarck, ND - Sep 10, 2008
WASHINGTON (AP) Federal investigators say some government officials handling billions of dollars in oil royalties had sex and partied with the employees of ...
Report: Bush Admin Approved Unilateral Pakistan Attacks Democracy Now
all 859 news articles »
The candidates go cold turkey on attack ads -- for today, MI - 3 hours ago
And did you see that story about the Interior Dept. employees? They're accused of having sex, using drugs and accepting gifts, trips and golf outings from ...
Sex and gifts for contracts at Interior Department?, MA - 22 hours ago
I am so glad, McCain, that you are going to reduce our dependence on oil by drilling for more of it, instead of spending some money on renewables. ...
Humor by Argus Hamilton
Tucson Citizen, AZ - 2 hours ago
The Interior Department is facing a sex scandal. Staffers are accused of having sex with oil company execs. It's only part of a reciprocal agreement the oil ...
Green Ink: Minerals Mismanagement and Pipelines to Nowhere
Wall Street Journal Blogs, NY - 12 hours ago
Men and women behaving badly at the US Minerals Management Service, in a cash, sex, and drugs scandal over drilling rights—stories in the NYT, the WaPo, ...
WASHINGTON _ US investigators say government officials handling ...
Oilweek Magazine, Canada - Sep 10, 2008
The Inspector General also claims the former head of the Denver office _ which markets oil to energy companies _ was having sex and using illegal drugs with ...
Oil Exploration, the X-Rated Version
New America Media, CA - Sep 10, 2008
Federal investigators found that 13 Interior Department officials handling billions of dollars in oil royalties improperly had sex with representatives of ...
Wall Street Tax Dodge
Slate - 14 hours ago
Sex, drugs, lavish gifts: just another day at the office for the US Interior Department employees tasked with collecting about $4 billion per year in oil ...
Nava pushes for existing off-shore drilling moratorium
Ventura County Star, CA - 2 hours ago
"Federal regulators are in bed — literally and figuratively — with big oil." A report from the Interior Department's inspector general released Wednesday ...
Morning Wrap
The BLT, DC - 12 hours ago
Scandal at Interior: The WaPo reports on the federal investigation of the Interior Department, which uncovered a host of offenses committed by government ...

Radar Online
Coke, Blowjobs And Free Hotels: The World's Most Awesome ...
Radar Online, NY - 10 hours ago
You can find the three amazing Department of the Interior reports here—they're the top three links on that page. The investigation took two years, ...
A White Knight Talking Backwards: The Manchurian Candidate in the ...
Huffington Post, NY - 19 minutes ago
... as the Department of Interior has been rocked by a scandal involving sexual misconduct, drug use, and widespread financial misdealings involving oil and ...
In Egypt, Ramadan TV causes some real-life drama
Menassat, Lebanon - Sep 10, 2008
The show's producers had to change the name of a character in the series, Sha’rawi Juma’a, because it happened to be also the name of an Interior Minister ...
MMS sex scandal arms anti-drilling faction
EnergyCurrent, TX - 7 hours ago
"Big oil has used sex and drugs and illegal gifts with US government watchdogs that are charged with keeping a watchful eye on the oil industry's offshore ...

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Page compiled by Sterling D. Allan Sept. 11, 2008
Last updated December 24, 2014




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