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Salazar Slaps Down Any BP Drilling Deal

From the Agence France-Presse:

US government denies BP drilling deal

(AFP) – April 4, 2011

WASHINGTON — US Interior Secretary Kenneth Salazar vehemently denied the government had reached a deal to allow BP to restart drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, nearly a year after the disastrous oil spill there.

Speaking by conference call from Mexico City, Salazar denied rumors that the government was cooking up an agreement with the British firm — which was castigated after its damaged Macondo well disgorged 205 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico last year.

Salazar said flatly that there was "absolutely no truth to the rumor" that the BP was near to a pact to restart drilling at 10 of its Gulf wells.

"There is absolutely no such agreement, nor would there be such an agreement, it simply is a misconception that somehow has gotten out there."

After a nearly one-year moratorium on drilling and the introduction of tougher safety standards, the US government last month issued the first new deepwater drilling permit.

Salazar said BP would be subject to "the same set of standards as we would anybody else, and BP in its future development will have to go through that same kind of process."

The "rigorous" new standards include "satisfying the requirement to demonstrate the capacity to contain a subsea blowout," the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement said.

Whew. We were worried there for a minute that we might be able to get more oil from our own domestic production.

Thank Allah Mr. Obama and Mr. Salazar put an end to that nonsense.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, April 5th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Salazar Slaps Down Any BP Drilling Deal”

  1. BigOil says:

    Nice to know the political hack posing as an Interior Secretary can jet off to Mexico to help out the future Democrats Mexicans. With domestic energy developement locked down, he apparently has some spare time on his hands.

  2. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Salazar said flatly that there was “absolutely no truth to the rumor”

    Hey, this game is easy. This means that the rumors were absolutely true and they were so close to a deal the only thing left was breaking out the scotch and cigars.

  3. Right of the People says:

    I just Googled this clown. He’s as qualified to be Secretary of the Interior as I am in other words, he’s not.

    His degree is in Political Science and he’s been a political hack his whole life and top things off he’s a lair, excuse me a lawyer. Good to know some one with a solid science background is running an important department like Interior.


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