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Drilling chief to lead investigations; Salazar to Capitol Hill today

WASHINGTON (AP) - The new director of a government agency that oversees offshore drilling is creating an internal investigations team to help him improve the agency's performance.

Michael Bromwich, the new head of the Interior Department's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, says the investigative team will look into allegations of misconduct and respond quickly to emerging problems.

In testimony prepared for a Senate subcommittee today, Bromwich says the new unit will report directly to him and will help ensure that oil and gas companies comply with laws and regulations, as well as investigate problems within the agency itself.

A copy of his testimony was obtained by The Associated Press.

Meanwhile, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar goes to Capitol Hill a day after a federal judge struck down the administration's moratorium on deepwater drilling.

Salazar has already promised to issue another moratorium better locking in the reasoning for the drilling pause. He'll appear before a Senate panel.


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