U.S. government workers in oil industry sex and drug scandal
It appears there were some 'crude' goings-on at the US Interior Department, which oversees oil drilling on federal land. Three reports delivered to Congress today, accuse the department of “a culture of ethical failure." The reports say that over a dozen current and former employees who oversaw drilling on federal lands had sex and used drugs with the workers at the energy companies.
U.S. Interior Department employees who oversaw oil drilling on federal lands had sex and used illegal drugs with workers at energy companies where they were conducting official business, an internal government report said on Wednesday.
Employees at the department's Minerals Management Service "socialized with, and received a wide array of gifts and gratuities from, oil and gas companies," according to the department's inspector general, Earl Devaney.
"When confronted by our investigators, none of the employees involved displayed remorse," Devaney said.
The alleged activities occurred between 2002 and 2006 and involved 19 former and current workers at the Minerals Management Service's offices in Denver and Washington. Devaney recommended that those still on the job be fired.