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May 13, 2010 9:04 AM by Sharlee Jacobs

Stupak: How did oil spill companies get permits?

WASHINGTON (AP) - The chairman of a subcommittee delving into
what happened at BP's blown-out oil well says he wants to talk with
the federal service that is supposed to oversee drilling in the
Gulf of Mexico.
Rep. Bart Stupak, a Michigan Democrat, told ABC's "Good Morning
America" he wants to know why the Mining and Minerals Service gave
permits to BP and the companies involved in various aspects of the
well and rig. The service enforces drilling regulations and
collects the royalties oil companies pay to the government.
Stupak said Thursday that once permits to drill are issued, the
federal government's role is to make sure the companies are
drilling properly, to protect the environment. But investigators
found evidence of equipment failures in aspects of the well's
safety that weren't monitored.

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