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Minerals Management Service, part of the Interior Department, “They crossed a lot of lines that should never have been crossed…”

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According to an article on CNN.com, Bobby Maxwell “has filed whistleblower lawsuit against the Kerr-McGee Corp., an energy company involved in oil and gas exploration. In it, he claims the company defrauded taxpayers out of millions in oil royalty payments.”

Maxwell, retired from the MMS, was in charge of keeping track of the millions in royalty payments owed taxpayers by oil and gas companies who explored and found oil on U.S. government lands.

Maxwell, stated in the interview:

He estimates he and his team were responsible for saving the government close to $500 million in royalties, either underpaid or somehow skipped by oil and gas companies, over the years.

He received the Interior Department’s highest award in 2003 for his work. But not long afterward, his job was killed.

He believes it was retribution for his cracking down on Big Oil and blowing the whistle on what he believes was a “cult of corruption” within the agency. The Interior Department denies that, saying his job was reorganized as part of routine restructuring.

Just before he lost his job, he said, one of his superiors in Washington ordered him not to investigate why Shell Oil had raised its oil transportation costs. Maxwell said it jumped from 90 cents to $3 a barrel without adequate explanation. The government paid Shell to transport oil from offshore platforms.

When asked why a government worker would tell an auditor not to investigate, he said: “I believe it started from the top down,” he said.

This is just one more example of the Bush Administration’s deregulation ideology in action. And the average taxpayer was left paying the bill.

Now, that’s something to be angry about!

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Written by Valerie Curl

October 15, 2008 at 2:36 AM

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  1. Well thats par for the course, BUSH being a former OIL Company owner who went bankrupt him self,, taking care of his buddies at tax payers expense – figures !!!!

    JETRANGER

    October 15, 2008 at 7:12 AM

  2. The Entire BUSH Family, has been involved in FRAUD, before, from Banking Fraud to Real Estate Fraud, to SEC Fraud, Insurance Fraud, and AL MARTIN outlines in great Detail, the Transactions they’ve masterminded thru out the years and the many players who were involved in the schemes,, You may Discover the Horror yourselves by going to – ALMARTINRAW.COM – and researching his book he wrote in 1999, detailing the frauds they were involved in, Martin was a former BUSH inside at the White House in the 80s, the Book is called The Conspirotors- Secrets of The Iran Contra Scandal,, its on the front page of his web site,,, very worth reading,, then you’ll understand, why things are in to such Diss array now with our Banking System and why Oil was so high this past Summer and the last few years,, also see the report on CNN about the fraud within the interior dept oil and Gas group,,, – ALMARTINRAW.COM

    JETRANGER

    October 15, 2008 at 7:19 AM

  3. Yeah, that’s something to be angry about alright – but what good will come of it? The top down? EXACTLY! The Bush administration is exactly who’s responsible for all of this ridiculously high priced gasoline. I do not understand why no one’s come down on the administration for this crap! The only possible explanation is that there have been payoffs (and/or threats) to all in congress and/or anyone who CAN do anything about it. It’s funny how, for the last year, gas prices have been hovering right around $4 per gallon. All of a sudden (coincidentally at election time) they’re falling! That man and all with whom he is associated are going to ROT IN HELL!

    Jeff Garris

    October 15, 2008 at 7:21 AM


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