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Did the Internet cause BP's Deepwater Horizon disaster? No, but porn did provide an unwelcome distraction for the regulators at the U.S. Department of Interior's Minerals Management Service who oversee offshore oil drilling.
Employees also attended sporting events sponsored by oil and gas production companies, and were treated to lunches and free gifts, according to a report by the U.S. Department of the Interior's inspector general Tuesday. Two employees admitted using illegal drugs, including meth.
"We reviewed the e-mail accounts of MMS employees at the Lake Charles and New Orleans offices from 2005 to 2009. We found numerous instances of pornography and other inappropriate material on the e-mail accounts of 13 employees, six of whom have resigned. We specifically discovered 314 instances where the seven remaining employees received or forwarded pornographic images and links to Internet websites containing pornographic videos to other federal employees and individuals outside of the office using their government e-mail accounts."