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Obama Makes (Lefty) Bromwich Oil Czar

From the Wall Street Journal:

Bromwich Named to Head Oil Regulator

By STEPHEN POWER

June 15, 2010

WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama has chosen a former assistant U.S. attorney and Justice Department inspector general to lead an overhaul of the regulation of offshore oil drilling, the White House said Tuesday.

Michael R. Bromwich will oversee the reorganization of the Minerals Management Service, the federal agency charged with regulating the industry, the White House said in a statement.

The statement added that Mr. Bromwich will be responsible for developing a new oversight structure for regulating the industry, to replace "long-standing, inadequate practices with a gold-standard approach for environmental and safety regulation."

"For a decade or more, the cozy relationship between the oil companies and the federal agency was allowed to go unchecked,” Mr. Obama said in a written statement. "That allowed drilling permits to be issued in exchange not for safety plans, but assurances of safety from oil companies. That cannot and will not happen anymore." …

Mr. Bromwich is a partner in the Washington, D.C., and New York offices of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, where he heads the firm’s internal investigations, compliance and monitoring practice group.

Mr. Bromwich has experience with high-profile energy mishaps. In 2000, he served as special counsel to the board of directors of El Paso Corp., after an explosion involving a natural-gas pipeline owned by an El Paso unit killed 12 campers in New Mexico.

As part of a settlement with the Justice Department and the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, the company later agreed to spend at least $86 million on changes to its entire 10,000-mile pipeline system and pay a $15.5 million civil penalty to resolve various alleged violations of federal safety regulations.

He served as inspector general for the Department of Justice from 1994 until 1999, where he investigated allegations of misconduct, defective procedures and incompetence in the FBI laboratory, among other matters.

Before his appointment as inspector general, Mr. Bromwich served as a federal prosecutor in the U.S. attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York and as associate counsel in the office of the independent counsel for Iran-Contra investigation. He was one of three courtroom lawyers for the government in the case of United States v. Oliver L. North, supervising a team of prosecutors and law enforcement agents that investigated allegations of criminal misconduct against government officials and private citizens in connection with provision of aid to the Contras in Nicaragua.

Of course the case of the United States V. Oliver North was a witch hunt conducted by radical leftists such as Mr. John F. Kerry.

Mr. Bromwich was among dozens of lawyers, many former Justice Department prosecutors, who signed on to a petition earlier this year urging the Obama administration and Congress to stick with civilian courts, instead of military tribunals, to try terrorism suspects.

The petition, organized by civil-liberties groups Human Rights First and the Constitution Project, also opposed plans for indefinite detention without charge against some detainees

Yes, Mr. Bromwich is clearly the clear-thinking, hard-nosed, no nonsense ‘prosecutor’ that our watchdog media is portraying him to be.

He will be sure to put an end to any cozy relationships that the US government might have with those evil capitalist oil companies.

(Thanks to Canary for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, June 16th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Obama Makes (Lefty) Bromwich Oil Czar”

  1. canary says:

    Obama blames Bush for oil spill, and chooses new inexperienced Oil CZAR; a former criminal prosecutor/former Assistant Attorney General to clean up oil. From the WH site

    President Obama Announces Bromwich to Fix Oil Industry Oversight

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, President Barack Obama announced his selection of Michael R. Bromwich to lead the Administration’s efforts to accelerate reforms in the regulation and oversight of offshore oil drilling.

    Bromwich will lead the effort to reform the Minerals Management Service (MMS), restoring integrity and rigor to the relationship between federal regulatory officials and oil companies. Bromwich will develop the plans for a new oversight structure, replacing long-standing, inadequate practices with a gold-standard approach for environmental and safety regulation. He has a mandate to implement far-reaching change and will have the resources to accomplish that change.

    “For a decade or more, the cozy relationship between the oil companies and the federal agency was allowed to go unchecked. That allowed drilling permits to be issued in exchange not for safety plans, but assurances of safety from oil companies. That cannot and will not happen anymore,” President Obama said.

    Specifically, Bromwich will oversee the reorganization of the MMS to eliminate conflicts among the different missions of the agency which include establishing safety standards, regulating industry compliance, and collecting royalties. These actions will ensure that there is no conflict of interest, real or perceived, in oil industry oversight. Secretary Salazar has announced plans to split MMS into three new divisions – the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, and the Office of Natural Resources Revenue – the most significant in a series of Interior Department reforms launched since January 2009.

    Bromwich’s work will be based in part on the Interior Department’s 30-day report on the safety and environmental precautions for offshore drilling rigs and the forthcoming recommendations of the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling.

    Bromwich is a former Assistant U.S. Attorney and Justice Department Inspector General. He is a national leader in taking broken agencies, applying rigorous reforms and oversight, and seeing positive results. His work has led to significant improvements in a variety of organizations ranging from Federal agencies to local police departments in Houston and Washington.

    President Obama announced his appointment of the following individual to a key Administration post:

    Michael R. Bromwich is a litigation partner in the Washington, D.C., and New York offices of Fried Frank where he heads the firm’s Internal Investigations, Compliance and Monitoring practice group. Mr. Bromwich concentrates his practice on conducting internal investigations for private companies and other organizations; providing monitoring and oversight services in connection with public and private litigation and government enforcement actions; and representing institutions and individuals in white-collar criminal and regulatory matters.

    In 2002, Mr. Bromwich was selected by the Department of Justice and the District of Columbia to serve as the Independent Monitor for the District of Columbia’s Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), focusing on use of force, civil rights integrity, internal misconduct, and training issues. He served in that position until 2008 when MPD was determined to have achieved substantial compliance. In 2007, Mr. Bromwich was selected by the City of Houston to undertake a comprehensive investigation of the Houston Police Department Crime Lab; the investigation was widely praised for identifying serious problems in some of the Crime Lab’s operations and providing recommendations for the Lab’s improvement.

    Prior to joining the law firm, Bromwich served as Inspector General for the Department of Justice from 1994 – 1999. As Inspector General, he headed the law enforcement agency principally responsible for conducting criminal and administrative investigations into allegations of corruption and misconduct involving the 120,000 employees of the Department of Justice. He was best known for conducting special investigations into allegations of misconduct, defective procedures and incompetence in the FBI Laboratory; the FBI’s conduct and activities regarding the Aldrich Ames matter; the handling of classified information by the FBI and the Department of Justice in the campaign finance investigation; the alleged deception of a Congressional delegation by high-ranking officials of the Immigration and Naturalization Service; and the Justice Department’s role in the CIA crack cocaine controversy.

    Before his appointment as Inspector General, Mr. Bromwich served as a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York and as Associate Counsel in the Office of Independent Counsel for Iran-Contra. Bromwich was one of three courtroom lawyers for the government in the case of United States v. Oliver L. North. Bromwich’s other responsibilities in that office included supervising a team of prosecutors and law enforcement agents that investigated allegations of criminal misconduct against government officials and private citizens in connection with provision of aid to the Contras in Nicaragua and serving as overall coordinator of the Iran-Contra grand jury.

    Bromwich received his law degree from the Harvard Law School in 1980 and a master’s degree in Public Policy from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government the same year. He received his undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, from Harvard College in 1976.

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/president-obama-announces-bromwich-fix-oil-industry-oversight

  2. canary says:

    Obama’s new oil czar Bromwich fought hard for terrorist suspects to be tried
    in civilian court instead of tribunals. (entire article link below)

    The Wall Street Journal: Bromwich Named to Head Oil Regulator

    By Stephen Power June 15 2010

    WASHINGTON—….
    The announcement followed publication of a page-one Wall Street Journal article that described how the agency had gradually ceded much of the job of crafting safety standards to the oil and gas industry.

    In announcing the plan, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said a breakup of the agency was needed to separate its “conflicting missions,” which include collecting and maximizing royalty payments to the U.S. Treasury from oil and gas companies and setting and enforcing safety and environmental regulations. Shortly after the reorganization was announced, the agency’s director, Elizabeth Birnbaum, resigned from her post.

    Mr. Bromwich has experience with high-profile energy mishaps. In 2000, he served as special counsel to the board of directors of El Paso Corp., after an explosion involving a natural-gas pipeline owned by an El Paso unit killed 12 campers in New Mexico.

    As part of a settlement with the Justice Department and the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, the company later agreed to spend at least $86 million on changes to its entire 10,000-mile pipeline system and pay a $15.5 million civil penalty to resolve various alleged violations of federal safety regulations.

    Mr. Bromwich was among dozens of lawyers, many former Justice Department prosecutors, who signed on to a petition earlier this year urging the Obama administration and Congress to stick with civilian courts, instead of military tribunals, to try terrorism suspects.

    The petition, organized by civil-liberties groups Human Rights First and the Constitution Project, also opposed plans for indefinite detention without charge against some detainees…

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704009804575309221052832174.html?mod=WSJ_topics_obama

  3. arb says:

    With apologies to Lennon/McCartney
    (Drive My Car):

    Oil leaking all over the sea
    She said baby, please help me
    This BP crisis is making me ill
    So could you fix the oil spill?

    Baby I’ll appoint a czar
    We don’t need some new sandbar
    Baby I’ll appoint a czar
    And maybe you’ll love me

    I told that girl that my ratings were down
    She said baby, it’s ’cause you’re a clown
    Off playing golf while the coastline gets drenched
    If I were your coach, you would be benched

    Baby I’ll appoint a czar
    He’ll tell you, don’t drive your car
    Baby I’ll appoint a czar
    And maybe you’ll love me

    Obama mmm, mmm, mmm

    I told that girl that I hadn’t a straw
    When she said, listen babe, you came and you saw
    It’s taken months to deal with the slick
    But you’ve found a person whose ass you’ll kick

    Baby I’ll appoint a czar
    Then go off and shoot a par
    Baby I’ll appoint a czar
    And maybe you’ll love me

    Obama mmm, mmm, mmm
    Obama mmm, mmm, mmm
    Obama mmm, mmm, mmm

  4. Laree says:

    BP Worse Case Scenario – Deep Horizon Well May Leak Until December. Jesus Wept.

    http://youhavetobethistalltogoonthisride.blogspot.com/2010/06/bp-worse-case-scenario-deep-horizon.html

  5. canary says:

    How much an hour are taxpayers paying for Obama’s new personal defense attorney Bromwich. Can’t picture Obama without an entire dream team advising him.


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