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New US offshore drilling chief says he may rile industry, environmental groups

WASHINGTON (AP) - The former federal prosecutor who heads the government agency overseeing offshore drilling says he is not afraid to fine lawbreaking oil companies or ruffle environmentalists' feathers.

Michael Bromwich says he is not an anti-drilling zealot and will probably take actions that upset both industry groups and offshore drilling opponents.

Bromwich spoke to The Associated Press in his first interview since being sworn in last month as head of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement.

Bromwich, who has no previous experience in the oil and gas industry, says he understands that offshore drilling is "an energy reality for us."

The drilling agency was known until last month as the Minerals Management Service. The agency has long had a reputation for a cozy relationship with oil companies and lax oversight.

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