Gulf Disaster

Top Offshore Regulator Quits His Post

Hopefully he’ll slink out the back door: Chris Oynes, the top Interior Department official whose job it was to regulate offshore drilling, will quit his job on May 31 according to The Washington Post. Before he became the associate director for offshore energy and minerals management at the Minerals Management Service within Interior, Oynes oversaw oil and gas leasing in the Gulf of Mexico for 12 years. He’s been under fire recently for his close relations with industry officials.