SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The director of the Bureau of Land Management in New Mexico isdisappointed that a former agency official who oversaw one of thelargest onshore minerals production areas in the United States tookgifts from an oil company.
An investigation by the Interior Department says formerFarmington BLM district manager Steve Henke took gifts fromWilliams Exploration and Production - golf tickets, lodging andmeals - and solicited donations for his son's youth baseball teams.
Investigators found no evidence of any corrupt or officialacts Henke took to benefit the company, and Henke is defendinghimself.
A spokesman for BLM state director Linda Rundell says she was"disappointed and angry" when she learned about the investigation.The agency says employees undergo annual ethics training andunethical behavior isn't tolerated.
(Last month the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association, an industrylobbying group,
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