Skip to comments.Obama sheltered BP's Deepwater Horizon rig from regulatory requirement
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."
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hussein at the bottom of every sh!tpile....
Another opening for hussein to control everyone—not just the slugs.
Hehehe...the DUmmies feel jilted.
Obama is the fault — and never even helped.
—— but the traitorous, WH-controlled
MSM blames Pres.Bush and the GOP.
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.
Of course Jon Stewart was on commie central last night bemoaning halliburton with a grin!
We live in bizarro world.
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.
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!
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.
In exchange for what level of donations, through which plausibly deniable channels? Follow the money.
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!
BP gave Obama a boatload of money in donations.
I have been looking for the thread on Salazor(sp?) splitting the MMS agency...they knew they had a problem coming at them.
“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.”