Skip to comments.Environmental groups sue over Shell offshore plan
Posted on 06/10/2011 10:38:19 PM PDT by smokingfrog
WASHINGTON -- Lawsuits filed Thursday that challenge the federal government's approval of a Shell Oil Co. offshore exploration plan present a major test of regulators' power to swiftly review deep-water drilling blueprints.
In two separate but overlapping filings, conservationists argue the government was bound by federal law to first finish a post-spill environmental study of the Gulf of Mexico before approving Shell's plan last month.
The legal complaints were filed in the Atlanta-based 11th Circuit Court of Appeals one by the Defenders of Wildlife, Center for Biological Diversity and the Natural Resources Defense Council and the other by Earthjustice, the Gulf Restoration Network, the Florida Wildlife Federation and the Sierra Club.
The Defenders of Wildlife coalition alleges that by approving Shell's exploration plan, the government violated the National Environmental Policy Act and several other federal laws that generally require environmental studies and coordination with other agencies before actions they take that could hurt marine life or affect the environment. Earthjustice's more limited challenge focuses on the environmental policy law.
The litigation carries high stakes for the government and the oil and gas industry. A ruling against the Interior Department's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement could deal a crippling blow to the agency and thwart chances of companies quickly launching new deep-water drilling projects in the Gulf. By contrast, a decision in the agency's favor would bolster its chances of swiftly reviewing offshore drilling plans in the future.
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Well, who couldn’t smell that one coming?
The Feds really should stop funding these people; they’re shooting themselves in both feet.
Simply eliminating all government funding of these groups would take them down a few notches.
Smoke pot, smell bad and gloat over the destruction of America?
And a loser-pays legal system would swiftly drain these groups through paying the other side’s legal fees whenever one of their stinking lawsuits flames out.
“And a loser-pays legal system would swiftly drain these groups through paying the other sides legal fees whenever one of their stinking lawsuits flames out.”
“Simply eliminating all government funding of these groups would take them down a few notches.”
Definitely to both. Having fought with them over land use issues in the past, I quickly discovered that it’s all about power and money with these groups. They exist only because they managed to get into a position of power - through money donated by the ‘guilt ridden’ libs. Once that money bought them a level of power in the Governmental sense, they used that power to force the govt. to give them money. It’s now a perpetual spending machine that does not need to answer to the guilty membership or anyone else.
Everyone is so up in arms over the budget. (Everyone should) spend some time looking into how much one governmental department ‘charges’ the other to comply with Sierra Club/EPA mandates. We are talking in the 10s of BILLIONS every year. And that’s just taxpayer-paid government spending, not the damage it does financially to the private sector! Look up things like the BLM charging the Border Patrol millions of dollars annually to ‘mitigate the environmental damage’ of patrolling the border to get an idea of what I mean. That’s ONE example out of THOUSANDS that do the same thing. Costs rise VERY quickly.
That’s tens of BILLIONS the govt charges itself that YOU have to pay for and NONE of it is needed for anything other than to keep the spending machine going and keeping the Eco groups in power.
I know there are so many things that are NEEDING to be done and that this is one issue among thousands that NEED our attention. But that’s how Govt keeps this fiasco going...there is simply so much crap going on the average person gust says to hell with it...nothing can be done. That’s what they count on.
All we need to get the ball rolling is one elected rep UNAFRAID to publicly push the issue and make people understand that all their ‘bennies’ could be saved if we just gutted the eco machine in govt.
Between those ‘bennies’ and the endangered ‘Spotted Snarfblat Chub’ I can easily guess which the public would vote to ‘save’.
Then we can fix the ‘bennies’ issue.
“Anybody else looking forward to the day reality doesnt tolerate groups like this?”
That would mean that persons working on drillsites, etc. would have to have some sort of security clearance, even a low grade one. That might complicate the dickens out of getting enough rig hands, not to mention the guys who do earthwork, etc.
It isn't that they aren't reliable, or that they would do anything to mommick up the works, but they might not pass someone's idea of being squeaky clean enough in their past or days off activities to retain employment.
I'd be pretty leery of letting a bunch of Governmrnt 'suits' decide who is holy enough to get dirt under their fingernails at work.