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kpete Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-07-10 06:57 PM
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Since spill, feds have given 27 waivers to oil companies in gulf
Source: McClatchy

Since spill, feds have given 27 waivers to oil companies in gulf

By Marisa Taylor | McClatchy Newspapers

WASHINGTON Since the Deepwater Horizon oil drilling rig exploded April 20, the Obama administration has granted oil and gas companies at least 27 exemptions from doing in-depth environmental studies of oil exploration and production in the Gulf of Mexico.

The waivers were granted despite President Barack Obama's vow that his administration would launch a "relentless response effort" to stop the leak and prevent more damage to the gulf. One of them was dated Friday the day after Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said he was temporarily halting offshore drilling.

The exemptions, known as "categorical exclusions," were granted by the Interior Department's Minerals Management Service, or MMS, and included waiving detailed environmental studies for a British Petroleum exploration plan to be conducted at a depth of more than 4,000 feet and an Anadarko Petroleum Corp. exploration plan at more 9,000 feet.

"Is there a moratorium on offshore drilling or not?" asked Peter Galvin, the conservation director at the Center for Biological Diversity, the environmental group that discovered the administration's continued approval of the exemptions. "Possibly the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history has occurred, and nothing appears to have changed."




Read more: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2010/05/07/93761/despite-spi...
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WCGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-07-10 06:58 PM
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1. Ah the more it changes...
The more it stays the same...
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CaliforniaPeggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-07-10 07:08 PM
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2. If we can't even learn from history happening right now...
then what can we learn from?

WTF is wrong with these idiots?

:mad:
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corpseratemedia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-07-10 07:15 PM
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3. how bad does it have to get before energy bigwigs and pols change?
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TheMadMonk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-07-10 10:52 PM
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14. Better question: How bad does it have to get before WE make them change? nt
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ConcernedCanuk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-07-10 07:19 PM
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4. Isn't something backwards here??
.
.
.

Who IS Barack Obama??

Is it possible that we were better off with the idiot son??

I do NOT see an improvement in the USA's administration

lower profile, yup

but that's all

(sigh)

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FiveGoodMen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-07-10 07:42 PM
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5. That's how it looks.
For some time now.
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lonestarnot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-07-10 08:46 PM
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7. Ugh sounds more like Ken Salazar to me, despite the fact that
Mr. President appointed him. He can also ask him to step afucking side! Waiting!
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Angry Dragon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-07-10 09:10 PM
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9. I agree with you
Edited on Fri May-07-10 09:12 PM by Angry Dragon
If I would have wanted a republican I would have voted for McCain
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ipaint Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-07-10 09:55 PM
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12. The brilliant award winning marketing that propelled him into the
white house is wearing off.
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-07-10 07:50 PM
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6. More disgusting...why did I vote...didn't make a damned difference...n/t
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dixiegrrrrl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-07-10 09:10 PM
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8. ""relentless response effort"
didn't he used the "relentless" word about some other promise awhile back?
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chill_wind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-07-10 09:11 PM
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10. Sign the letter to Pres Obama from Peter Galvin's website.
(The Center for Biological Diversity) The link is right here:

http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/2167/p/dia/action/...

As quoted, he is the one who discovered and reported the ongoing waivers.

Main website: http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/programs/public_land...

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Jefferson23 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-07-10 10:59 PM
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15. Done, thanks for the post.
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Odin2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-07-10 09:43 PM
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11. I'm fucking speechless.
:grr:
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ipaint Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-07-10 09:59 PM
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13. Why are these people being allowed to decide ANYTHING?
"In 2008, a series of government watchdog reports implicated a dozen current and former employees of the MMS in inappropriate or unethical relationships with industry officials.

The reports described "a culture of substance abuse and promiscuity'' in the Royalty in Kind program, in which the government forgoes royalties and takes a share of the oil and gas for resale instead. From 2002 to 2006, nearly a third of the RIK staff socialized with and received gifts and gratuities from oil and gas companies."

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2010/05/07/93761/despite-spi...
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QC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-07-10 11:17 PM
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16. Hopetastic! n/t
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TheWatcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-07-10 11:21 PM
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17. Does anybody just get the sense these Psychotic little Oligarchs who run things are TRYING
End The World?

String these Bastards Up.

Enough.
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glitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-08-10 10:03 AM
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20. Yes. They DEFINE pathological. nt
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femrap Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-08-10 11:47 AM
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21. I think they're pathological
and indeed get off on destroying anything and everything....in particular anything to do w/ Mother Nature.

Corporations and Government are hand-in-hand offering us neo-fascism.

Just wait until our money/US dollar is worthless! Then what?

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earth mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-08-10 03:13 PM
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25. Yep-enough is enough. nt
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IDemo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-09-10 07:25 PM
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35. Or at the very least infuriate everyone for the entertainment value n/t
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TacticalPeek Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-07-10 11:30 PM
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18. Typical.

I hate these fuckers.

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PSPS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-07-10 11:38 PM
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19. MMS: Home of cocaine & sex parties with oil lobbyists.
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nannah Donating Member (690 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-08-10 12:21 PM
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22. this is the 2nd story i've read about obama limiting study or discussion
about deep water oil drilling. last week his administration stopped public hearings and testimony in the offshore drilling proposals for VA.

looking at the two items together, an overall strategy that seems consistent with obama's approach to things, is that he wants to limit the amount of emotionally charged, premature conclusions that would come from research and testimony in the midst of this horrific event. Halting offshore drilling stops everything for now. it is consistent with how he seems to do things to not act until there is some clarity and factual data about what happened, what is happening, and as much as possible to anticipate what will continue.

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alcibiades_mystery Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-08-10 12:24 PM
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23. How many such waivers are granted in a given period of the same length?
What was the specific content of the waiver?

The number without context is meaningless, but just the sort of red meat that people with an agenda love to harp on.
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liberation Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-08-10 03:36 PM
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26. Speaking of agendas... nice red herring your fished there.
... or is it tar herring now? given the magnitude of the spill
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northernlights Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-08-10 05:43 PM
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28. actually, the context is quite clear; the number is irrelevent
The CONTEXT is a SUPPOSED MORATORIUM on new offshore drilling while the current DISASTER is studied and understood.

EVEN A SINGLE WAIVER constitutes an absolute VIOLATION OF SAID MORATORIUM.

MULTIPLE WAIVERS constitutes a deliberate agenda of blatant,in-our-faces hypocrisy.
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alcibiades_mystery Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-08-10 06:20 PM
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29. lemme know when they start drilling
:eyes:
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chill_wind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-08-10 01:43 PM
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24. 26 of 27 Exempted From Environmental Review, *Including Two to BP*.
Edited on Sat May-08-10 01:57 PM by chill_wind
Such a great record, that BP. What could possibly go wrong with their findings and reports?

For Immediate Release, May 7, 2010
Contact: Kiern Suckling, (520) 275-5960

MMS Approved 27 Gulf Drilling Operations After BP Disaster
26 Were Exempted From Environmental Review, Including Two to BP

Salazar's "Moratorium" on New Drilling Permits Allows Continuation of the Same Flawed
Environmental Exemption Process that Allowed the BP Catastrophe


TUCSON, Ariz. Even as the BP drilling explosion which killed eleven people continues to gush hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil per day into the Gulf of Mexico, the U.S. Department of Interiors Minerals Management Service (MMS) has continued to exempt dangerous new drilling operations from environmental review. Twenty-seven new offshore drilling projects have been approved since April 20, 2010; twenty-six under the same environmental review exemption used to approve the disastrous BP drilling that is fouling the Gulf and its wildlife.

The MMS has learned absolutely nothing from this national catastrophe, said Kiern Suckling, executive director of the Center for Biological Diversity, It is still illegally exempting dangerous offshore drilling projects in the Gulf of Mexico from all environmental review. It is outrageous and unacceptable.

The MMS became embroiled in controversy when it was revealed on May 5, 2010, that it exempted BPs offshore drilling plan from environmental review by using a loophole in the National Environmental Policy Act meant only to apply to projects with no, or minimal, negative effects such as construction of outhouse and hiking trails. The controversy deepened when it was revealed that MMS exempts hundreds of dangerous offshore oil drilling projects in the Gulf of Mexico every year.

Two of the newly approvedand environmentally exempteddrilling operations were awarded to BP despite the fact that the new plans are based on the exact same false assertions about oil rig safety and the improbability of environmental damage even of oil spill occurs:


BP drilling plan approved April 6, 2010 (this is the one that exploded):
2.7 Blowout Scenario - A scenario for a potential blowout of the well from which BP would expect to have the highest volume of liquid hydrocarbons is not required for the operations proposed in this EP.

BP drilling plan approved May 5, 2010:
"II.J. Blowout Scenario - Information not required for activities proposed in this Initial Exploration Plan."

(see table below for further comparison).

It is inconceivable that MMS could look out its window at what is likely the worst oil spill in American history, then rubber stamp new BP drilling permits based on BPs patently false statements that an oil spill cannot occur and would not be dangerous if it did. Heads need to start rolling at MMS.

In response to the environmental exemption scandal, embattled Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced yesterday that he had banned approval of new offshore oil drilling permits. The public, of course, assumed he was halting the approval of drilling plans and environmental exemptions since they are the heart of the MMS scandal. Today, however, the Interior Department acknowledged that environmental exemptions and drilling plans have not been halted. Salazar is allowing those flawed drilling approvals to proceed and is only halting the issuance of a last technical check off that does not involve any environmental review.

Under Salazars moratorium, the environmental review process will continue to be completely undermined in the exact same manner as in the BP oil spill.

Salazar is playing a cynical shell game, making the public think he stopped issuing the faulty approvals that allowed the disastrous BP drilling to occur, when in fact he has given MMS the green light to keep issuing those very same approvals, said Suckling. The only thing Salazar has stopped is the final, technical check off which comes long after the environmental review. His media sleight of hand does nothing to fix the broken system that allowed what may be the greatest environmental catastrophe of our generation to occur.

For Secretary Salazar to allow MMS to exempt 26 new oil wells from environmental review in the midst of the ongoing Gulf crisis shows an extraordinary lapse of judgment. It is inconceivable that his attention is apparently on providing BP with new environmentally exempted offshore oil wells instead of shutting down the corrupt process which put billion of dollars into BPs pocket and millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.




Full press release: http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/press_releases/...


The 27 projects pdf
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NCarolinawoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-09-10 02:29 PM
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33. Then this administration is as culpable as the previous one.
They are hardly better than Bush/Cheney when it comes to the environment. I should have suspected this when they continued the Bush/Cheney policy of slaughtering the wolves. :mad: :grr:
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Jakes Progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-08-10 04:58 PM
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27. Now hush up. You're ruining a perfectly good press release.
All to good comes from the appearance of a "relentless response effort". Actually changing things would piss off the oil companies and their money.

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Coco2 Donating Member (52 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-08-10 07:03 PM
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30. I was ready and willing to give him 2 yrs
I was ready and willing to give him 2 yrs to make some progress (I am fully aware that all problems cannot be resolved, or maybe even addressed in that time frame), but I am becoming more uneasy every day as the evidence mounts that this administration is not who we thought we were voting for.

The seeming small gains all turn into smoke, and the big problems continue to be handled by the people who created them. final straw or nail in the coffin will be if a centrist or mildly conservative justice is proposed for the USSupCt.
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jxnmsdemguy65 Donating Member (481 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-09-10 11:47 AM
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31. Sex, Drugs and Oil: MMS Frat Party Busted
More on the MMS sex parties.

http://envirowonk.com/content/view/355/
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Mark Twain Girl Donating Member (410 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-09-10 12:16 PM
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32. Shame, shame. The rich men dance while the peasants watch their worlds crumble. nt
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IDemo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-09-10 07:23 PM
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34. Don't not do as I say don't, do as I don't do
or something like that..

:shrug:
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