Skip to comments.U.S. exempted BP's Gulf of Mexico drilling from environmental impact study
Posted on 05/05/2010 6:13:41 AM PDT by bamahead
The Interior Department exempted BP's calamitous Gulf of Mexico drilling operation from a detailed environmental impact analysis last year, according to government documents, after three reviews of the area concluded that a massive oil spill was unlikely.
The decision by the department's Minerals Management Service (MMS) to give BP's lease at Deepwater Horizon a "categorical exclusion" from the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) on April 6, 2009 -- and BP's lobbying efforts just 11 days before the explosion to expand those exemptions -- show that neither federal regulators nor the company anticipated an accident of the scale of the one unfolding in the gulf.
In one assessment, the agency estimated that "a large oil spill" from a platform would not exceed a total of 1,500 barrels and that a "deepwater spill," occurring "offshore of the inner Continental shelf," would not reach the coast. In another assessment, it defined the most likely large spill as totaling 4,600 barrels and forecast that it would largely dissipate within 10 days and would be unlikely to make landfall.
"They never did an analysis that took into account what turns out to be the very real possibility of a serious spill," said Holly Doremus, a law professor at the University of California at Berkeley who has reviewed the documents.
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Crony capitalism, through and through.
What a stupid piece....
BP is another useful idiot that will have to pay another hunk of flesh. Obama treats corporate America like a cheap whore.
So if one were to put on the tin-foil hat, and one were disgusted, one might drift into thoughts like:
BP made sure their butts were covered before Obama made the push to control oil, help Soros/Petrobas, and raise prices to push “green”...
so.....????...regulations, according to this administration, must use a weegie board in order to enforce regs on the books...????
Done under Obama ! Obama’s fault. He did it on purpose so he can have an excuse to ban offshore drilling.
Spewing >~$1,000,000 of oil a day is not likely part of BP’s business plan.
"One oil rig goes down and we're going to be rolling in dough," Mr. Tourre wrote in one email. "Suck it, fishies and birdies!"
hmm...seems the only thing leaking faster than the oil are embarrasing revelations on how the Obama Administration has handled this
It's unusual too in the fact that he represents the whore's john AND pimp.
The real facts need to be stated here. The Federal Government was responsible for having “Fire Booms” ready to prevent any environmental problem. They did not. The Clinton administration had originally responsibility and failed. The Bush administration did not correct the problem. Neither did the Obama administration. If “Fire Booms” were available, there would be virtually no oil slick at all.
This is what happens when the government is made responsible. If the private sector had been made responsible for the “Fire Booms” with each Gulf oil well contributing to a fund to cover the cost, they would have been available and this whole mess would have been avoided. This is the real lesson to be learned from this disaster. Depend on government all the time and they won’t be there when you really need them.
Satire meter broken?
I knew it! ObamaCo is in bed with Big Oil!
What about BP contributions to the Illegal’s cap & tax scheme?
2009? Why that was the 9th year of the Bush administration.........no wait
Landrieu was one of BPs highest dollar recipients.
...follow the money, huh Jack Squat Barry....?
Although Tourre is almost beyond satire in reality, I believe the article you reference is satire.
Obama and his Big Oil buddies.
Same charge thrown @ Bush for all those years. Howz it feel, zer0?
These oil rigs are beyond our 12 mile limit.
What possible control with the EPA getting their noses into the mess could there be?
It is outside our territorial limits.
The buck stops with Obama. It’s his fault.
The Department of the Interior’s Minerals Management Service still has authority over the area.
Link to additional detail on the engineering phase underway during the blowout - http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2507104/posts
OK, this is possibly tainted, but sometimes stuff just happens. The oil business is dangerour and difficult, especially in deep water. Boone Pickens was on Fox News today and for once I agreed with him. The host asked him how this could happen, and Boone said that accidents happen. It’s been a long time since we’ve had one, and this is not a perfect world.
Every disaster does not presuppose a villain.
First-hand account of accident on WBAP / Dallas
While I agree, I must point out that BP stands for British Petroleum. It is not an American company, though I doubt that matters to Obama as he looks for others to blame. Not that BP is blameless - far from it. Obviously, BP screwed up. But a main responsibility of the Interior Dept. is to protect the environment. Exempting BP from an environmental impact analysis, which I would assume other companies had to do, is irresponsible & smells of favoritism. Makes me wonder what other rules & regs they "avoided"?
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Obama was bribed and fish died. /stupid bumpersticker idea
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The WH Response to the Oil Spill
Whitehouse.gov | May 1, 2010 |
By Robert Gibbs, White House Press Secretary
The response to the BP Oil Spill began as an emergency search and rescue mission by the U.S. Coast Guard and other partners on April 20. Concurrently, command center operations were stood up immediately in the Gulf Coast to begin also addressing the environmental impact of the incident.
The morning after the explosion, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar deployed Deputy Secretary David J. Hayes down to the gulf to assist with coordination and response to the incident.
The Administration immediately began holding regular calls with BP leadership and numerous senior-level meetings have been held between the administration and BP to discuss BPs response effort and federal oversight and support.
The National Response Team (NRT), an organization of 16 federal departments and agencies responsible for coordinating emergency preparedness and response to oil and hazardous substance pollution incidents was quickly activated and a coordinated group of federal partners-including the United States Coast Guard, Departments of Homeland Security, Commerce, Interior and the Environmental Protection Agency-immediately began directing and overseeing BPs response.
The President immediately began actively monitoring the incident and consulting on the response. The President has been in contact with all the governors of the states that may be affected and ordered that the administration use every single available resource at our disposal.
The Department of Defense is fully integrated into the DHS-led team and fully supportive of all response activities. Navy assets have been involved since day #1, and the Coast Guard and Department of Defense continue to work closely together, anticipating requirements, identifying response options, and rapidly providing response support.
The Secretary of Defense has approved a request for two C-130 aircraft with Modular Aerial Spray Systems (MASS), which are currently en route to the affected area. The Coast Guard has requested assistance from the Department of Defense for these aircraft. These aircraft dispense the same dispersant chemical being used by BP and the federal responders. Each system is capable of covering up to 250 acres per flight with three flights per aircraft per day.
Additionally, in direct support of the Coast Guard under an existing pollution clean-up and salvage operations agreement, the Navy is providing a variety of oil pollution control equipment.
The Navy has sent thousands of feet of inflatable oil boom with mooring equipment, several skimming systems, related support gear, and personnel to support oil spill response efforts. Naval Air Station Pensacola is serving as a staging facility for Coast Guard contractor-provided equipment.
To prepare for the possible spreading of the oil slick across the Gulf Coast and in support of the 2nd Unified command Center in Mobile, Ala., Department of Defense is airlifting additional boom materials to Mobile later today.
The booms are currently located on four tractor trailers to expedite transportation on the receiving end.
Early on, the President directed responding agencies to not only devote every resource to respond to this incident but to also determine its cause. Earlier this week, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar laid out the next steps for the investigation.
The President has also dispatched Secretary Napolitano, Secretary Salazar, EPA Administrator Jackson, Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change Policy Carol Browner and NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco to the Gulf Coast to ensure all is being done to respond to this oil spill.
Secretary Napolitano announced that this incident is a spill of national significance, the Department of Interior has announced that they will be sending SWAT teams to the Gulf to inspect all platforms and rigs, and the EPA is conducting air monitoring activities to gather information on the impact of the controlled burn on air quality.
As part of the designation of the BP Oil Spill as a Spill of National Significance, Secretary Napolitano has announced that U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Thad Allen will serve as the National Incident Commander for the administrations continued, coordinated responseproviding additional authority and oversight in leveraging every available resource to respond to the BP oil spill and minimize the associated environmental risks.
As National Incident Commander, Admiral Allen will continue to work closely with Coast Guard Rear Admiral Mary Landry, the federal on-scene coordinator, and the Departments of Homeland Security, Defense, Interior and Commerce, the Environmental Protection Agency and other federal departments and agencies as appropriateas well as BP, the responsible party in the spillto ensure the efficient continued deployment and coordination of vital response assets, personnel and equipment that were activated immediately after the spill began.
To keep the public informed about the latest, validated environmental air and water sampling results, EPA has launched a dedicated website at www.epa.gov/bpspill, which will also provide information on the broader federal response.
In response to the BP oil spill, the Secretary of Defense is authorizing under title 32 the mobilization of the Louisiana National Guard to help in the ongoing efforts to assist local communities in the cleanup and removal of oil and to protect critical habitats from contamination. As the responsible party in this incident, the government will hold BP accountable for the costs of the deployment.
The Minerals Management Service remains in contact with all oil and gas operators in the sheen area. Two platforms have stopped production and one has been evacuated as a safety measure. Approximately 6.2 million cubic feet of natural gas is shut-inless than one-tenth of a percent of daily gas production in the Gulf of Mexico.
As the nations leading scientific resource for oil spills, NOAA has been on the scene of the BP spill from the start, providing coordinated scientific weather and biological response services to federal, state and local organizations.
NOAA spill specialists are advising the U.S. Coast Guard on cleanup options as well as advising all affected federal, state and local partners on sensitive marine resources at risk in this area of the Gulf of Mexico.
Rapid response teams are staged to deploy to shorelines affected by oil to evaluate and determine an appropriate clean-up effort to minimize the impact to the environment.
A volunteer program has been established and a toll-free number(866)-448-5816set up for people to call to learn about volunteer opportunities in all areas and what training is required. By the Numbers to Date:
Personnel were quickly deployed and nearly 2,000 are currently responding to protect the shoreline and wildlifehundreds more than yesterday.
Approximately 75 response vessels have been responding on site, including skimmers, tugs, barges, and recovery vessels to assist in containment and cleanup effortsin addition to dozens of aircraft, remotely operated vehicles, and multiple mobile offshore drilling units.
More than 275,000 feet of boom (barrier) have been deployed to contain the spillan increase of nearly 60,000 feet since yesterday. An additional 316,470 feet is available.
More than 1 million gallons of an oil-water mix have been recoveredan increase of approximately 150,000 gallons since yesterday.
Nearly 143,000 gallons of dispersant have been deployedan increase of more than 3,500 gallons since yesterday. An additional 68,300 gallons are available.
Six staging areas (Biloxi, Miss., Pensacola, Fla., Venice, La., Pascagoula, Miss. and Theodore, Ala., and Port Sulphur, La.) were set up to protect sensitive shorelines.
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Obama was number one recipient of BP donations....lol.
Thanks for the ping - they’re shameless.
It’ll clean itself up. Even Jacques Cousteau had stated that it would prove very difficult for man to permanently pollute the ocean(s).
This happened in April 2009, during the first 100 days of the Obama administration. Thanks Liz.
BP = Barak Petroleum?
And just who was it that was lobbying for the BP exemption from the Obamah Adminstration?
Tony Podesta, NOT DICK CHENEY!!