Louisiana Oil Spill: Feds Gave Safety Prize to Transocean's Deepwater Horizon

In an interview with ABC News, Luthi said he expects there will be scrutiny of the MMS efforts to insure the rig was operating safely. "There's going to be those questions asked. During my time, we required thousands of inspections to be conducted. You want a cooperative atmosphere. But you want to be sure that MMS was calling the inspections as they were needed, and doing the necessary backup."

The Project on Government Oversight, a government watchdog group that has been critical of the way MMS handles its regulatory responsibilities, called on House Energy and Commerce Chairman Henry Waxman this week to expand the committee's investigation "to see whether the Minerals Management Service conducted adequate oversight of the drilling rig," according to a statement on its web site.

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