Suspicious Cut

Less money for petroprobes

Outraged congressional critics considered it the most shocking Executive pardon since Richard Nixon was let off the Watergate hook. Under the budget that President Reagan sent to Capitol Hill last week, the Department of Energy division charged with prosecuting oil companies for past violations of price-control regulations would have its annual allocation slashed from $35 million to $6 million. Fumed Democratic Congressman John Dingell of Michigan: "This adds up to amnesty for the oil companies and the public be damned."

Since its creation in 1977, the special DOE office has accused 33 of the 35 largest oil producers and...

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