This week's cover story, "Drilled, Baby, Drilled," reports on the efforts of a group of federal auditors to hold energy companies accountable for underpaid royalties on oil and gas leases. On the eve of its publication, the U.S. Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) announced a $25 million sett ... More >>
It took nine years of fighting for money the government insisted it wasn't owed. It probably cost him his job, too. But last week, former federal auditor Bobby Maxwell and the Justice Department finally reached a $26 million settlement with Anadarko Petroleum over underpaid royalties on oil leases ... More >>
John JohnstonBobby MaxwellThe Department of the Interior's Office of Natural Resources Revenue recently announced that Shell Oil and related companies have agreed to pay the goverment $2.2 million to resolve claims that the companies underpaid royalties from natural gas wells on federal and I ... More >>
Philip Van CiseThis week's cover story, "A Dam Shame," looks into the controversy generated by a state dam inspector named John Redding, who raised concerns about ethical violations inside the Colorado Department of Natural Resources--and ended up paying a high price for his concern. People w ... More >>
Tony Hayward.Under fire for its lax supervision of British Petroleum and other offshore drillers, the embattled federal agency formerly known as the Minerals Management Service has fined BP $5.2 million for filing "false, inaccurate, or misleading" reports about its energy production in Color ... More >>
How government watchdogs became the energy industry's party animals
Who’s the bigger bully — the smartass attorney who scorched the Denver Fire Department, or the fussbudget judge who threw out the verdict?
"Government is doing less, so the companies can do more -- more cooking of the books." That's Bobby Maxwell, a former auditor for the federal Minerals Management Service, explaining how major oil and gas companies have been able to rip off the taxpayers for millions in underpaid royalties on energ ... More >>
Tycoon Jack Grynberg says the energy industry has stolen millions from him -- and billions from the government. What if he's right?
"Short of a crime, anything goes at the highest levels of the Department of the Interior." That's Earl Devaney, the DOI's inspector general, telling a House of Representatives subcommittee yesterday about the ethical black hole among the bureaucrats who manage one-fifth of all the land in the Unite ... More >>
From the week of September 15, 2005
He took on big energy companies and won. So why did the feds fire him?