Why, Sell It Back, Silly!
Darn! I thought it was for something more creative!
An ongoing investigation that has taken over two years and cost $5.3 million has determined that the Denver and Washington offices of the RIK (Royalty in Kind) overseeing payments by oil companies were nothing less than ongoing orgies of gift-giving and sex (shock!)
The alleged transgressions involve 13 former and current Interior Department employees in Denver and Washington. Their alleged improprieties include rigging contracts, working part-time as private oil consultants, and having sexual relationships with — and accepting golf and ski trips and dinners from — oil company employees, according to three reports released Wednesday by the Interior Department's inspector general.
The investigations reveal a "culture of substance abuse and promiscuity" by a small group of individuals "wholly lacking in acceptance of or adherence to government ethical standards," wrote Inspector General Earl E. Devaney. Devaney's office spent more than two years and $5.3 million on the investigations.
Shock! Gasp! Horrors! O.K., we're talking major corruption involving billions of dollars worth of oil - oil which is given as part of royalties owed to the government for drilling on federal land - which is either stockpiled by the government or sold back to some of the energy companies who gave them the oil in the first place. Got that?So the middle man in all of this is playing footsie (is Senator Craig Stevens involved in any way?) with oil company employees and getting loads of other "perks."
When approached by reports of the investigation,two oil marketers who received gifts and gratuities on at least 135 occasions displayed no remorse. (they probably had sh*t-eating grins on their faces) when confronted with their activities, Devaney said. He singled out Chevron as refusing to cooperate with the investigation.
Getting drilled for drilling. Why that's the American Way!
Oops! I smell something burning. A Bush, maybe?
Just a thought.