Skip to comments.Salazar: Won't Bow to Political Pressure to Restart Gulf Deepwater Drilling
Posted on 02/26/2011 6:33:18 AM PST by thackney
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said that U.S. regulators would not bow to political pressure to restart deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico before they are certain the oil-and-gas industry is capable of containing an oil spill like the one that followed last BP's Deepwater Horizon disaster.
Salazar and Michael Bromwich--the head of the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement, which oversees offshore drilling--were in Houston Friday to meet with oil industry executives to assess the spill-containment systems they have developed in the wake of nation's worst-ever marine oil spill.
Bromwich said he was "quite confident that we are getting very close to the point where we can begin issuing deepwater permits." But he and Salazar said the industry still has work to do before exploration of the Gulf's deepest waters can resume.
The U.S. government shut down deepwater drilling shortly after the Deepwater Horizon exploded on April 20, killing 11 and unleashing a catastrophic oil spill.
The government's official ban was lifted in October, but regulators have yet to allow drilling to resume in water deeper than 500 feet despite mounting political pressure from congressional Republicans and Gulf Coast Democrats to reopen one of the nation's primary energy fields.
"We don't respond to political pressure," Salazar said. "We are frankly doing what's right for America's energy program."
Both Helix Energy Solutions Group, whose system helped stem the flow of BP's runaway well last summer, and the nonprofit Marine Well Containment Co., formed by a consortium of major oil companies, say their systems are ready to respond to spills on par with Deepwater Horizon. But the nation's top energy regulators said that they felt differently.
"These containment systems are work in progress," Salazar told reporters after the meetings. "Both systems currently have limitations on water depth ...
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What a crock! The ban is all about political pressure from the enviro-weenies and the hate-America socialist crowd!
The Marine Well Containment Company (MWCC) is committed to actively improving containment capabilities in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. Please see the timeline below for progress to-date on the MWCC and the interim and expanded systems.
Then people ought to know who brought them $6 per gallon gas. Nope. Don’t bow to pressire Salazar, let people suffer!
“Political pressure”? What about the federal court decision against Salazar? Seems like that Court recently held the Department in “contempt”. Is that political pressure?
Bring the little worm up on charges for personally using his office to defy court order and destroy private business.
This isn’t about pressure. It’s about obeying the law. The Obama admin is refusing to obey the law. Obama is violating his oath of office.
Only under the clueless Empty Suit’s and his minion’s does Contempt of Court equal political pressure.
Each president recites the following oath, in accordance with Article II, Section I of the U.S. Constitution:
“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
Only under the clueless Empty Suit and his minions does Contempt of Court equal political pressure.
In another manner of speaking, “Until the oil industry replaces the donations to Dems that are being lost as unions lose their power” we intend to hold the oil industry and the public who relies on affordable oil and gasoline hostage to our demands.
I agree with that. However i do wonder who is really pulling the strings.
I have seen a lot of speculation from Soros to Farrakhan to others. But I don't really know.
Another administration official/cabinet member who should be impeached, for utter stupidity and incompetence.
The O&G industry should do what Bambi does; just ignore the law and start drilling.
The cliff approaches and yet they insist on driving even faster.
Too angry to write!
Move along, nothing to see here.
It is called “projection”. Accusing your opponent of doing what you are actually doing.
When gasoline hits $5, remember who our friends were and weren’t
We need an oil party to go with that tea.
Now it is common in left-wing politics as a means of establishing "moral relativism".
Fine. then let’s abandon deep water drilling if you think it so inherently unsafe. And open the gulf for shallow water drilling which makes better sense anyway.
Lead, join, or get the “F” out of the way!
There will be no drilling until gas is over $5.00 a gallon.
Salazar said. “We are frankly doing what’s right for America’s energy program.”
CRAP! That is a huge pant load.
Need more pressure across the board.
Write your senators and congresscritters.
Write the Whitehouse.
DRILL BABY DRILL!
Of course not...With “End User” gas pump prices going through $3.00 like a hot knife through butter, why the hell do anything about it now...Wait till the taxes (revenue) starts coming in on $4-$5 a gallon prices...
We Americans have lived too long with low gas prices, we need to suck it up and pay like the europeans do for their fuel...uhhhh, petrol...sorry...
So they can start drilling in two months....
I have seen a 25c price hike at the pump in a week, gouged, yes, protection from gouging.....zero...not
Each president recites the following oath, in accordance with Article II, Section I of the U.S. Constitution:
I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.
WHICH IS WHY WE IMPEACH.....
DERELICTION OF DUTY FOR NOT PROTECTING OUR BORDERS, GIVING NUCLEAR SECRETS TO AN ENEMY OF OUR CLOSEST ALLY, UNDERMINING OUR NATIONAL SECURITY THROUGH THE ECONOMY, ABANDONING ISRAEL, CALLING ALIES IN THE MIDDLE EAST TO STEP ASIDE WHILE REMAINING QUIET FR OUR EMEMIES, THE LIST GOES ON AND ON...
IMPEACH IMPEACH IMPEACH!!!!!!!
This is not “political.” They have been ordered twice by the courts to start issuing permits again. So I’d say they plan to continue with their defiance, and we shall see if anybody has the courage to confront them on it.
Obama and his minions simply refuse to do anything they are told either by the legislature or the courts. We have an out of control executive. (The other word for that is “dictator.”)
I am believing all Hell is about to break out in America and I should get me a survival kit and more ammo.
So will our republic if we, the public, continue to allow our elected officials to violate the law and break their oaths of office.
One other thing, if I may, is that light sweet crude is found in the Gulf, another big reason to drill there.
It will only bring down the price if Middle East Oil in on the market and not tied up in war over the whole region. The Middle East is headed for all out war.
Only if the Middle East has war through out the whole region. That is the plan.
I hate her.
They don’t respond to the will of the people either. It’s not about our oil, it’s about supporting the Middle East and the breaking of our country.
Well, good!!! This is the best path forward for the administration to take if they all want to be unemployed in January 2013.
For around the 500th time. With no ill effects on him, apparently. Nobody dares stand up to Bambi.
Exactly. This lawless behavior can't be allowed to stand.
I don’t know why people don’t appreciate principled politicians like Salazar, who will stand firm against political pressure...by the American people!
It’s as refreshing as the Democrats fleeing from Wisconsin, standing firm against the will just recently expressed by their voters. Another principled bunch. When they were in power and were pushing through the huge tax increase in Wisconsin within 12 hours and with no public hearings, Republicans had to hold their nose and vote against it, knowing that they didn’t have the votes to defeat it. Having lost the election, they don’t think it’s fair that they no longer run the show, and instead want to show the voters who they truly are.
That should read “America-hating salazar won’t bow to logic...”
Selections from this link....
He has refused his assent to laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his governors to pass laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of representation in the legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only....
He has dissolved representative houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the legislative powers, incapable of annihilation, have returned to the people at large for their exercise; the state remaining in the meantime exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavored to prevent the population of these states; for that purpose obstructing the laws for naturalization of foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migration hither, and raising the conditions of new appropriations of lands.
He has obstructed the administration of justice, by refusing his assent to laws for establishing judiciary powers.
He has made judges dependent on his will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance....
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his assent to their acts of pretended legislation...
For cutting off our trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing taxes on us without our consent...
For taking away our charters, abolishing our most valuable laws, and altering fundamentally the forms of our governments:
For suspending our own legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated government here, by declaring us out of his protection and waging war against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts...and destroyed the lives of our people.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us...
In every stage of these oppressions we have petitioned for redress in the most humble terms: our repeated petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
Sounds familiar, doesn't it...
Congress is also disregarding the Constitution. My blood boils because Boehner should move to impeach and remove Salizar. It's disgusting how our Republican leadership is moving in a "civil" manner on all matters. We should be going for the jugular and taking the fight to these Marxists at every turn.
Our Republic is truly at the precipice, and our leadership in Congress are still acting like a bunch of polite girly men. Disgusting.