It was to be a celebration, but a federal agency in charge of offshore drilling has postponed next week's annual luncheon in Houston, which was to extol the safety record of offshore oil drilling.
A new posting on the website of the U.S. Interior Department's Minerals Management Service, or MMS, noted that the agency is busy and the unfolding tragedy that has cost lives and oil might conflict with the May 3 luncheon.
They might also want to rethink the awards to be given out. One of the winners last year was BP American, operator of the rig that exploded last