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Obama sheltered BP's Deepwater Horizon rig from regulatory requirement
World Socialist WebSite, Published by the International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI) ^ | 6 May 2010 | Tom Eley

Posted on 05/14/2010 1:48:32 AM PDT by giotto

Last year the Obama administration granted oil giant BP a special exemption from a legal requirement that it produce a detailed environmental impact study on the possible effects of its Deepwater Horizon drilling operation in the Gulf of Mexico, an article Wednesday in the Washington Post reveals.

Federal documents show that the Department of the Interior's Minerals Management Service (MMS) gave BP a "categorical exclusion" on April 6, 2009 to commence drilling with Deepwater Horizon even though it had not produced the impact study required by a law known as the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The report would have included probable ecological consequences in the event of a spill.

The exemption came less than one month after BP had requested it in a March 10 "exploration plan" submitted to the MMS. The plan said that because a spill was "unlikely," no additional "mitigation measures other than those required by regulation and BP policy will be employed to avoid, diminish or eliminate potential impacts on environmental resources." BP also assured the MMS that any spill would not seriously hurt marine wildlife and that "due to the distance to shore (48 miles) and the response capabilities that would be implemented, no significant adverse impacts are expected."

Kierán Suckling, director of the Center for Biological Diversity, told the Post that the Obama administration's exemption effectively "put BP entirely in control," adding, "The agency's oversight role has devolved to little more than rubber-stamping British Petroleum's self-serving drilling plans."

(Excerpt) Read more at wsws.org ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bp; deepwaterhorizon; energy; oil; oilspill; waiver
I heard about this waiver from a liberal, former Obama supporter. This article seems to have been reposted on many other websites, including Democratic Underground, which has a thread of about 1000 comments on the subject.
1 posted on 05/14/2010 1:48:32 AM PDT by giotto
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To: giotto

hussein at the bottom of every sh!tpile....


2 posted on 05/14/2010 2:25:31 AM PDT by gunnyg (We Are Surrounded By The Enemy Within--If Ya Can Grok That! ~ Our "Novembers" Are Behind Us...)
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To: giotto

Another opening for hussein to control everyone—not just the slugs.


3 posted on 05/14/2010 2:28:58 AM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like what you say))
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To: giotto

Hehehe...the DUmmies feel jilted.


4 posted on 05/14/2010 2:49:48 AM PDT by mylife (Opinions: $1 Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: giotto

Obama is the fault — and never even helped.

—— but the traitorous, WH-controlled
MSM blames Pres.Bush and the GOP.


5 posted on 05/14/2010 4:15:28 AM PDT by Diogenesis (Article IV - Section 4 - The United States … shall protect each of them against Invasion)
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To: Diogenesis

Too bad I didn’t read this yesterday. I had a debate with my favorite partisan liberal at the coffee shop. he blamed the spill on Cheney, Halliburton, etc. He probably didn’t know that it was the Obama admin that allowed the drilling.

He did agree that Landrau is an idiot. He is actually leaning my (conservative) direction which I can tell upsets him. His wife is a school teacher so you can only guess where our debates have gone.

Oh, and he was bemoaning how mean people are treating obama and the mean names they call him. I reminded him that he himself had referred to Bush as an idiot and other hateful things.

Thanks for this post.


6 posted on 05/14/2010 4:23:16 AM PDT by midcop402
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To: midcop402

Of course Jon Stewart was on commie central last night bemoaning halliburton with a grin!

We live in bizarro world.


7 posted on 05/14/2010 4:41:24 AM PDT by bicyclerepair (FR - my online family. From Ft. Lauderdale, Florida)
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To: bicyclerepair

I guess Rush will have to adopt a new tag line: Radio Free America because the commie press we have here is beyond the pale in extolling the few, if any, virtues of der Leader yet coming up with some that have no basis in fact just to heap praise and laurals upon him.


8 posted on 05/14/2010 5:08:52 AM PDT by Mouton
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To: giotto

Curious as I am, I just cannot bring myself to visit that website! I’m sure they are all blaming Bush and Cheney for this mess in between their use of GD and MF as adjectives!


9 posted on 05/14/2010 5:44:54 AM PDT by a real Sheila (never trust a far+)
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To: a real Sheila

Agreed, it makes them look real bad. It is what you would come to expect from a liberal. That type of behavior strengthens my Conservative values.


10 posted on 05/14/2010 6:29:16 AM PDT by freebird5850 (O-Bomba is not the Messiah. Jesus was a carpenter and could build a cabinet!)
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To: giotto
Last year the Obama administration granted oil giant BP a special exemption from a legal requirement that it produce a detailed environmental impact study on the possible effects of its Deepwater Horizon drilling operation in the Gulf of Mexico...

In exchange for what level of donations, through which plausibly deniable channels? Follow the money.

11 posted on 05/14/2010 6:43:59 AM PDT by JimRed (To water the Tree of Liberty is to excise a cancer before it kills us. TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: freebird5850

Hmmm.
After I posted my comment, I did go there and there are quite a few negative comments aimed at Obama (or at least in his general direction).

I want to know what type of PAYMENT Obama is getting from BP in exchange for not DEMANDING they plug the hole and instead letting this become an epic environmental disaster all in the name of letting them siphon the oil from the well they’ve already drilled. THis is a HUGE mess and we are NOT HEARING the entire story!

I’m even more fearful that they cannot do anything about the hole!


12 posted on 05/14/2010 7:04:06 AM PDT by a real Sheila (never trust a far+)
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To: midcop402
Now this article appears ...overseas ...FR Thread:

US allowed drilling 'without required permits'

13 posted on 05/14/2010 8:19:31 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: JimRed

BP gave Obama a boatload of money in donations.


14 posted on 05/14/2010 8:25:17 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: giotto

I have been looking for the thread on Salazor(sp?) splitting the MMS agency...they knew they had a problem coming at them.


15 posted on 05/14/2010 8:34:57 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: giotto
Details of the reorg in this thread:

Salazar Shares Anti-Oil Message With Employees

16 posted on 05/14/2010 8:39:12 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Diogenesis
The lying continues. Drudge has a link to a NYT article on this subject. The word "Obama" does not appear even once in the actual article or title. The Slimes skirts around the fact that Obama granted these waivers, using various oh-so-clever gambits. For example, this: "the minerals agency since January 2009 has approved at least three huge lease sales, 103 seismic blasting projects and 346 drilling plans. Agency records also show that permission for those projects and plans was granted without getting the permits required under federal law." That means that either Bush was really busy in the first 19 days in January, 2009, or Obama was responsible for the majority, if not all, of the permits that were granted since Jan. 20, 2009. But the Slimes deftly avoids even the hint of blame against Obama.
17 posted on 05/14/2010 9:51:12 PM PDT by giotto
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

“BP and its employees have given more than $3.5 million to federal candidates over the past 20 years, with the largest chunk of their money going to Obama, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.”

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0510/36783.html#ixzz0nyGzkoAi


18 posted on 05/14/2010 10:02:05 PM PDT by 21twelve ( UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES MY ARSE: "..now begin the work of remaking America."-Obama, 1/20/09)
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