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MMS suspends permits for Gulf drilling regardless of water depth
WaPo ^ | 5/3/2010 | Steven Mufson

Posted on 06/03/2010 11:35:19 AM PDT by SonOfDarkSkies

The Minerals Management Service has stopped issuing permits for new oil and gas drilling in the Gulf of Mexico regardless of water depth, effectively extending President Obama's previously announced suspension of permits for deepwater drilling into the shallow waters.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events; US: Louisiana
KEYWORDS: obama; offshoredrilling; oil

1 posted on 06/03/2010 11:35:19 AM PDT by SonOfDarkSkies
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To: SonOfDarkSkies

Jobs? We don’t need no stinkin’ jobs.


2 posted on 06/03/2010 11:37:58 AM PDT by rhombus
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To: SonOfDarkSkies

Not like we didn’t see this coming about 50 miles offshore.....


3 posted on 06/03/2010 11:38:09 AM PDT by Danae (Don't like the Constitution, try living in a country with out one.)
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To: rhombus

We’ve all got jobs cleaning up the beaches along the gulf coast!


4 posted on 06/03/2010 11:38:44 AM PDT by SonOfDarkSkies (Did you plug the hole yet, Daddy?)
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To: SonOfDarkSkies

THAT SOB isn’t going to be satisfied until gas reaches 10 bucks a gallon.

He has to be responsible for the deaths of many due to stress causing heart attacks. I have never been so stressed in my life as I have been since his inauguration.


5 posted on 06/03/2010 11:38:58 AM PDT by publana (Time to go Galt.)
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To: SonOfDarkSkies

NEVER let a crises go to waste.

How about the next congress suspends funding for the MMS?


6 posted on 06/03/2010 11:39:44 AM PDT by Let's Roll (Stop paying ACORN to destroy America! Cut off their federal funding!)
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To: SonOfDarkSkies

The One overreacts, yet again. I cannot wait for this clueless, lazy clown to leave office.


7 posted on 06/03/2010 11:39:50 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: SonOfDarkSkies

Sounds like more Government work


8 posted on 06/03/2010 11:39:55 AM PDT by rhombus
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To: SonOfDarkSkies

Okay. Goal has been achieved. Now barack really will plug the hole. Probably with just a wave of his hand.


9 posted on 06/03/2010 11:40:29 AM PDT by subterfuge (BUILD MORE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS NOW!!!)
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To: rhombus

With healthcare and union pension!


10 posted on 06/03/2010 11:40:47 AM PDT by SonOfDarkSkies (Did you plug the hole yet, Daddy?)
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To: publana
He has to be responsible for the deaths of many due to stress causing heart attacks. I have never been so stressed in my life as I have been since his inauguration.

He won't care. If he doesn't care about live, fully formed innocent human infants left to die in a waste bin from botched abortions....what makes you think he would care about adult humans?

11 posted on 06/03/2010 11:41:10 AM PDT by XenaLee (The only good commie is a dead commie.)
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To: rhombus

Jobs? We don’t need no stinkin’ jobs.

So it seems. Hope someone calls him on it. Just heard two folks calling in to Rush/Mark to complain about the serious loss of jobs due to this suspension.


12 posted on 06/03/2010 11:41:31 AM PDT by wita
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To: SonOfDarkSkies

Your link’s headline now reads this:

Interior Dept. denies it has extended drilling freeze to shallow gulf waters


13 posted on 06/03/2010 11:41:56 AM PDT by green iguana
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To: SonOfDarkSkies

Barrel of crude up a buck seventy-five right now. Just a co-ink-eee-dink I’m sure...


14 posted on 06/03/2010 11:43:24 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: wita
Just heard two folks calling in to Rush/Mark to complain about the serious loss of jobs due to this suspension.

They really have no clue about the impact of the decisions they make. Ah but experience was not supposed to matter when it came to Obama, only his judgement counted. snicker

15 posted on 06/03/2010 11:44:42 AM PDT by rhombus
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To: green iguana

They just changed it, I guess...hard to keep up with Obama!


16 posted on 06/03/2010 11:44:55 AM PDT by SonOfDarkSkies (Did you plug the hole yet, Daddy?)
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To: SonOfDarkSkies

Oh man. A friend’s company sold a lease they had on a Gulf tract a couple of years ago. I bet they are snoopy dancing right now.


17 posted on 06/03/2010 11:46:13 AM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: rhombus
He has a degree from Haaaaavaaad, he doesn't need any bourgeois “experience.”
18 posted on 06/03/2010 11:47:45 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: green iguana; Admin Moderator
Your link’s headline now reads this:

Interior Dept. denies it has extended drilling freeze to shallow gulf waters

Note to mods...looks like WaPo just changed the title--see above.

Sorry for the trouble!

19 posted on 06/03/2010 11:48:52 AM PDT by SonOfDarkSkies (Did you plug the hole yet, Daddy?)
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To: SonOfDarkSkies

Obama gave a speech the other day using the BP oil spill as his excuse to remove the United States from ‘evil oil’ consumption.

So are we going to run our planes and autos with solar cells and windmills? LoL! Get ready for a car running on solar cells that goes 5mph and only has 1 seat...not to mention cloudy days.


20 posted on 06/03/2010 11:49:00 AM PDT by Red Steel
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To: publana

I have never been so stressed in my life as I have been since his inauguration.
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Neither have I. I’m so close to just heading on out of the US and making our vacation home permanent. Somewhere I can just live and enjoy life again.


21 posted on 06/03/2010 11:49:38 AM PDT by mojitojoe (banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Red Steel

I saw a cartoon this morning where a guy was selling a car that runs on water...as long as that water comes from the Gulf.


22 posted on 06/03/2010 11:50:31 AM PDT by SonOfDarkSkies (Did you plug the hole yet, Daddy?)
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To: Red Steel

So are we going to run our planes and autos with solar cells and windmills? LoL! Get ready for a car running on solar cells that goes 5mph and only has 1 seat...not to mention cloudy days.

If we are, then the President, the house, and the senate along with all alphabet agencies will be held to the same standard.


23 posted on 06/03/2010 11:53:18 AM PDT by wita
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To: SonOfDarkSkies

Related Thread:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2527108/posts


24 posted on 06/03/2010 11:56:44 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: mojitojoe

I have never been so stressed in my life as I have been since his inauguration.

I lived through the Carter Administration. Was much younger then, but it took a similar toll on my parents.


25 posted on 06/03/2010 11:56:56 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Thx!

Actually, it's the same article, but WaPo changed the title when some new info came in.

26 posted on 06/03/2010 12:00:35 PM PDT by SonOfDarkSkies (Did you plug the hole yet, Daddy?)
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To: SonOfDarkSkies

This administration can’t even get a press release done properly.


27 posted on 06/03/2010 12:02:16 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: Army Air Corps

They’re so far in over their heads Obama can probably plug the hole with his own two hands.


28 posted on 06/03/2010 12:08:59 PM PDT by SonOfDarkSkies (Did you plug the hole yet, Daddy?)
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To: SonOfDarkSkies
It's just zero taking advantage of a crisis, don't cha know?
29 posted on 06/03/2010 12:17:07 PM PDT by duckman (My Grandma Isn't Shovel Ready!)
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To: Red Steel

“Never waste a good crisis.” BO is taking advantage of the Gulf oil spill to further his agenda of taking the USA back to the pre-industrial age to more easily control the masses in his idea of a socialist utopia. Ask the Cambodians how well that works...

If BO was interested in improving the lot of Americans he would be using the crisis to point out that the reason we are engaged in such risky drilling practices is because the gov’t has prevented drilling in less risky areas. Perhaps the gov’t should be passing legislation to fix the problem!


30 posted on 06/03/2010 12:30:44 PM PDT by TheDon ("Citizen" of Kalifornia, USSA)
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To: SonOfDarkSkies

The Feds enjoy punishing the states that did not vote Obama, mostly along the Gulf Coast.


31 posted on 06/03/2010 12:31:00 PM PDT by bestintxas
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To: SonOfDarkSkies

This is like issuing order to stop all driving in the US until we find out why the Ford Pinto was exploding in accidents.

Heights of stupidity by these bozos cannot be equaled by anybody.


32 posted on 06/03/2010 12:33:16 PM PDT by bestintxas
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To: bestintxas

He is a vindictive SOB, isn’t he!


33 posted on 06/03/2010 12:33:17 PM PDT by SonOfDarkSkies (Did you plug the hole yet, Daddy?)
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To: Let's Roll

An enviromentalist’s wet dream...


34 posted on 06/03/2010 12:34:41 PM PDT by ErnBatavia (It's not the Obama Administration....it's the "Obama Regime".)
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To: SonOfDarkSkies

Get this FRIGGIN Halfrican out of here ASAP!!


35 posted on 06/03/2010 12:43:49 PM PDT by Renegade ("Bring it on while I still don't need glasses to shoot your eye out ")
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To: XenaLee

It never occurred to me that he would care. I was just making a simple statement.


36 posted on 06/03/2010 1:57:46 PM PDT by publana (Time to go Galt.)
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To: SonOfDarkSkies

Impacts of
President Obama’s Order Halting Work on 33 Exploratory Wells
in the Deepwater Gulf of Mexico
The Presidential Order does not affect the 4,515 shallow-water wells, and it does not affect 591 producing deepwater Gulf wells.
Roughly 33% of nation’s domestically produced oil comes from the Gulf of Mexico, and 10% of the nation’s natural gas.
80% of the Gulf’s oil, and 45% of its natural gas comes from operations in more than 1000 feet of water – the deepwater (2009 data).
Suspension of operations means roughly 33 floating drilling rigs – typically leased for hundreds of thousands of dollars per day – will be idled for six months or longer.
$250,000 to $500,000 per day, per rig – results in roughly $8,250,000 to $16,500,000 per day in costs for idle rigs;
Secondary impacts include:
• Supply boats – 2 boats per rig with day rates of $15,000/day per boat - $30,000/day for 33 rigs – nearly $1 million/day
• Impacts to other supplies and related support services (i.e., welders, divers, caterers, transportation, etc.)
Jobs –
Each drilling platform averages 90 to 140 employees at any one time (2 shifts per day), and 180 to 280 for 2 2-week shifts
Each E&P job supports 4 other positions
Therefore, 800 to 1400 jobs per idle rig platform are at risk
Wages for those jobs average $1,804/weekly; potential for lost wages is huge, over $5 to $10 million for 1 month – per platform.
Wages lost could be over $165 to $330 million/month for all 33 platforms
Secondary impacts: Many offshore workers live in Louisiana. The state is going to see a decrease in income taxes and sales taxes that would normally be paid by those employees. (The state does not collect a sales tax on oilfield supplies and equipment used offshore.)
Companies Impacted:
Oil Companies Impacted -
Shell has seven (7) exploratory wells that will be impacted
Others include:
Chevron (4)
Anadarko (3)
Marathon (2)
Noble Energy (2)
Eni US Operating Co. (2)
ATP Oil & Gas (2)
Statoil (2)
ExxonMobil (1)
Petrobras America (1)
BHP (1)
BP (1)
Kerr McGee (1)
Murphy (1)
LLOG (1)
Newfield (1)
Hess (1)
The 33 gulf wells where operations are suspended were the ones inspected immediately after the Deepwater Horizon blowout (per Interior Secretary Ken Salazar); in those inspections, “only minor problems were found on a couple of rigs”. Salazar believes “additional safety measures can be taken including dealing with cementing and casing of wells and significant enhancements and redundancies of blowout prevention mechanisms. Although these rigs passed the inspections, we will look at standards that are in place.”
Longer term impacts include -
Idle drilling rigs in the Gulf could mean that they will be contracted overseas for work in other locations, and if/when the halt is lifted, rigs will not be available for completing the work in the Gulf.
Loss of tolls on LA Highway 1 resulting from loss of traffic related to deepwater operations; tolls go directly to retiring the bond debt for construction of LA Highway 1 improvements, and if those tolls are lost, the state of Louisiana – as the other responsible party on the bonds - will have to pay to retire that debt, meaning loss of funding for some other programs in the state’s budget.
A 6-month halt in new drilling would defer 80,000 barrels/day, or 4% of 2011 deepwater Gulf of Mexico production. (Wood MacKenzie)
Higher drilling costs might jeopardize exploration in frontier areas. More immediately, estimates are that seven current discoveries could be rendered sub-economic, putting U.S. $7.6 billion in future government revenues at risk. Proposals to increase the cap on oil companies’ liability for oil spill damages to U.S. $10 billion could exclude U.S. independents from offshore Gulf of Mexico activities. (Wood MacKenzie)
Since these wells are not yet producing, there is no decrease in the available oil supply. However, it could lead to a decrease in the availability of domestic oil, and it is hard to tell how commodity speculators are going to respond over the next six months; there is the possibility for driving oil prices to levels well over $100 per barrel.
Prepared May 28, 2010, based on most recent data available; will be updated as needed.


37 posted on 06/03/2010 2:15:35 PM PDT by piroque (God bless Lee and the rest of the True Americans. . . The Confederates!!”)
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To: publana

The Macondo #1 well didn’t exist before Obama took office. It was his MMS that issued the drilling permit. It was his MMS that waived several of the stringent regulatory requirement on petition by BP (who contributed grandly to the Obama campaign).

One of those requirements was that BP submit specific emergency resonse plans.

Looks like Obama is, in Michell’s words, baby daddy to this disaster, including the deaths you mention.


38 posted on 06/03/2010 2:44:12 PM PDT by plangent
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To: rhombus

Energy? We don’t need no stinkin’ energy. This administration is hamfisted and stupid.


39 posted on 06/03/2010 2:56:20 PM PDT by dr_who
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To: piroque
Impacts of President Obama’s Order Halting Work on 33 Exploratory Wells in the Deepwater Gulf of Mexico The Presidential Order does not affect the 4,515 shallow-water wells, and it does not affect 591 producing deepwater Gulf wells.

What is the source for your data? I have been unsuccessfully searching for numbers like these. Thank you for posting them.

40 posted on 06/03/2010 6:06:55 PM PDT by Freee-dame
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To: plangent
The Macondo #1 well didn’t exist before Obama took office. It was his MMS that issued the drilling permit. It was his MMS that waived several of the stringent regulatory requirement on petition by BP (who contributed grandly to the Obama campaign).

One of those requirements was that BP submit specific emergency resonse plans.

Wow! ...but will the DBM or even Foxnews ever mention this?

41 posted on 06/03/2010 6:08:46 PM PDT by Freee-dame
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To: Freee-dame

This may be the original source: http://www.congress.org/congressorg/bio/userletter/?letter_id=5298598971&content_dir=politicsol


42 posted on 06/03/2010 7:14:35 PM PDT by sthguard (The DNC theme song: "All You Need is Guv")
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To: SonOfDarkSkies
/Tin foil hat ON: This whole BP thing was NOT an "accident"--it was done intentionally and got out of control! Just so HolyO could push Cap and Tax and cancel ALL drilling on American soil (dry land or offshore)!!!!

He should be charged with the murder of the 11 people who died when the rig went down!! >:-(

/Tin foil hat STILL on
43 posted on 06/03/2010 7:34:40 PM PDT by pillut48 ("Calling ILLEGAL aliens "immigrants" is like calling shoplifters 'customers'!"-UCFRoadWarrior ><>)
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To: SonOfDarkSkies
Who is the MMS to regulate the activities of foreign companies in international waters?Where is the limit of their jurisdiction?
44 posted on 06/03/2010 7:55:02 PM PDT by Dayman (My 1919a4 is named Charlotte. When I light her up she has the voice of an angel.)
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To: Freee-dame

check your mail,,,,p/m


45 posted on 06/03/2010 8:22:19 PM PDT by piroque (God bless Lee and the rest of the True Americans. . . The Confederates!!”)
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To: SonOfDarkSkies
Well, 0bama did say he wants $5 a gallon gas.

5.56mm

46 posted on 06/03/2010 8:32:22 PM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: Army Air Corps

The One overreacts, yet again.
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It’s on purpose.


47 posted on 06/03/2010 8:50:52 PM PDT by unkus
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To: SonOfDarkSkies

LOL


48 posted on 06/03/2010 8:51:31 PM PDT by unkus
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To: SonOfDarkSkies

Well at least zero has hired all those census workers and other great government jobs. Who needs jobs like engineers, geologists, oil workers, helicopter pilots anyway?


49 posted on 06/04/2010 12:11:25 PM PDT by grumpygresh (Democrats delenda est)
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