Sex, drugs and party favors from the oil and gas industry

A “culture of substance abuse and promiscuity” existed in the federal agency that handles royalty payments from oil companies, including sexual encounters between government employees and industry representatives.

The Interior Department’s Inspector General, who has been investigating the U.S. Minerals Management Service’s Royalty-In-Kind program, said government employees who were supposed to be regulating the oil companies were engaging in drug use and having sex with industry contacts.

“Several staff admitted to illegal drug use as well as illicit sexual encounters,” Inspector General Earl Devaney wrote in a Sept. 9 memo to Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne.

Devaney said that between 2002 and 2006, a third of the Royalty-In-Kind staff socialized with, and received a wide array of gifts and gratuities from companies with which the government was doing business.

Ah, yes, the Oil Patch Boys surely have enjoyed a party-and-a-half these last several years. Any voters out there with enough brains to consider changing mules?

The head of the department said it really wasn’t too bad. Not more than 50 government employees were involved!

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