The Interior Department has picked New Orleans stockbroker Harold Doley as the permanent director of its new Minerals Management Service. Doley helped a Louisiana petroleum and minerals commission put in an effective accounting and royalty system, and Interior is hoping he'll do the same here.
Interior spokesman Douglas Baldwin adds that Doley, who will be at his desk Monday, will be the highest-ranking black in charge of federal revenue-raising functions. The administration hopes to raise $18 billion in offshore oil leasing in fiscal 1983.
Meanwhile, U.S. Geological Survey director Dallas L. Peck says he doesn't expect Interior Secretary James G. Watt to transfer any more of the USGS to Doley's new bailiwick before year's end.
A recent memo from deputy MMS director David Russell indicated that much of the USGS research function would be comfortable in the new agency. But some USGS employes disagree, saying their job is traditional scientific research, not developing marketable energy and minerals.
Peck said it was his impression that "it is not going to be resolved until the end of this year. It's natural that a lot of people here are getting kind of nervous. But I'm pretty confident that nothing is going to happen overnight."
So far, only oil and gas leasing activities have been consolidated in the MMS in two reorganization moves. Environmentalists, sensing that minerals would be the next to go, have charged that bias toward minerals over other multiple uses of the land is illegal. Congressional committee chairmen have said they'll keep a close eye on Watt's shuffling to make sure the laws are carried out and multiple uses of public lands are balanced.
Baldwin said Peck has been consulted every step of the way, but Peck said, "The decision to consolidate the Geological Division was made very precipitously, without a lot of consulting."