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depakid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-23-10 10:13 PM
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11. One thing for certain- no matter how one spins it this does not look good:
Even before the Deepwater Horizon disaster, the use of environmental waivers was a source of concern. In September 2009, the Government Accountability Office released a report concluding that the waivers were being illegally granted to onshore drilling projects.

This month, the Interior Department announced plans to restrict the use of the waivers onshore, though not offshore. It also began a joint investigation of the offshore waiver process with the Council on Environmental Quality, an environmental arm of the White House.

The investigation, however, is likely to take months, and in the meantime the waivers are continuing to be issued. There is also a 60-day statute of limitations on contesting the waivers, which reduces the chances that they will be reversed if problems are found with the projects or the Obama administrations review finds fault in the exemption process.

At least three lawsuits to strike down the waivers have been filed by environmental groups this month. The lawsuits argue that the waivers are overly broad and that they undermine the spirit of laws like the National Environmental Policy Act and the Endangered Species Act, which forbid drilling projects from moving forward unless they produce detailed environmental studies about minimizing potential risks.

The administration has nowhere to place the blame for this sequence of events -other than upon themselves.

Salazar will probably take the fall once all is said and done.
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  -Despite Obamas Moratorium, Drilling Projects Move Ahead tekisui  May-23-10 09:43 PM   #0 
  - Cool.  Webster Green   May-23-10 09:46 PM   #1 
  - just inexcusable and so perplexing  amborin   May-23-10 09:51 PM   #2 
  - Looks like the right hand doesn't know what the left hand's doing...  depakid   May-23-10 09:54 PM   #3 
  - And a 'moratorium' isn't a moratorium.  tekisui   May-23-10 09:55 PM   # 
  - One thing for certain- no matter how one spins it this does not look good:  depakid   May-23-10 10:13 PM   #11 
     - I think Salazar should take the fall earlier rather than later.  tekisui   May-24-10 08:18 AM   #27 
  - Oh, they KNOW alright........  bobbolink   May-23-10 09:55 PM   #4 
  - Wow, the all-powerful Obama wants to kill the world! Color me convinced!  babylonsister   May-23-10 09:58 PM   #5 
  - I don't think we read the same article.  tekisui   May-23-10 09:59 PM   #6 
  - Do you doubt that's where this is going? I was without DU for 2 days,  babylonsister   May-23-10 10:02 PM   #7 
     - His Administration is responsible for policy decisions moving forward.  tekisui   May-23-10 10:04 PM   #9 
        - Deleted message  Name removed   May-23-10 10:53 PM   #14 
           - You are wrong on many counts.  tekisui   May-23-10 11:02 PM   #15 
           - K&R and thank you.  inna   May-23-10 11:13 PM   #19 
           - Yea? Prove it. You can't, because I am a big fat reader of DU,  babylonsister   May-23-10 11:15 PM   #22 
           - how is he not telling the truth? Example?  neverforget   May-23-10 11:15 PM   #20 
           - You seem like you're a tad unhinged  Smashcut   May-23-10 11:44 PM   #25 
              - You are right. I'm unhinged, and I accept that. The poster was  babylonsister   May-23-10 11:47 PM   #26 
  - what an amazingly stupid comment  inna   May-23-10 10:30 PM   #12 
  - 4 new "ultra-deep wells", including wells over 9,100 feet:  tekisui   May-23-10 10:02 PM   #8 
  - unacceptable  G_j   May-23-10 11:10 PM   #17 
  - Anybody who thinks that this 'accident' means the end of undersea oil exploration/drilling is crazy.  Hempathy   May-23-10 10:11 PM   #10 
  - If true, this is anarchy. nt  ladjf   May-23-10 10:51 PM   #13 
  - No, it's Capitalism.  blindpig   May-24-10 08:47 AM   #28 
  - We Need To Change The Law And Eliminate The Arbitrary Short Review Periods  TomCADem   May-23-10 11:03 PM   #16 
  - I feel like throwing up  Swamp Rat   May-23-10 11:13 PM   #18 
  - Me too. :(  inna   May-23-10 11:19 PM   #24 
  - I thought a moratorium meant you had to quit doing something.  QC   May-23-10 11:15 PM   #21 
  - Obviously, Obama has not listened to one word Al Gore has said!!!  earth mom   May-23-10 11:18 PM   #23 

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