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BHO Panel – 6 Mos To Redo Drilling Rules

From an approving New York Times:

Obama Gives a Bipartisan Commission Six Months to Revise Drilling Rules

By PETER BAKER

May 22, 2010

WASHINGTON — President Obama established a bipartisan national commission on Friday to investigate what caused the devastating oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and figure out where the government went wrong so as to “make sure it never happens again,” as he put it.

Mr. Obama tapped two prominent former officials to lead the commission — Bob Graham, the former senator from Florida, and William K. Reilly, the former administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency — and gave them six months to come up with a plan to revamp federal regulation of offshore oil drilling.

“If the laws on our books are inadequate to prevent such an oil spill, or if we didn’t enforce those laws, I want to know it,” Mr. Obama said in his Saturday radio and Internet address. “I want to know what worked and what didn’t work in our response to the disaster, and where oversight of the oil and gas industry broke down. We know, for example, that a cozy relationship between oil and gas companies and agencies that regulate them has long been a source of concern.”

We wonder if there are any other cozy relationships between any other organizations and federal agencies. Like, say, public sector unions? Do they do any harm to the nation, do you think?

Mr. Obama said he wanted to hold both the government and BP accountable for the spill that continues to spew thousands of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico each day. But he did not retreat from his plan to expand offshore oil drilling and in fact portrayed the commission as a means to make that possible despite the disaster.

“Because it represents 30 percent of our oil production, the Gulf of Mexico can play an important part in securing our energy future,” the president said. “But we can only pursue offshore oil drilling if we have assurances that a disaster like the BP oil spill will not happen again.”

How can anyone ever give such assurances? So this is just a way of ending drilling in the Gulf or anywhere offshore. By the US, that is. Oil spills from other countries do no harm to the environment.

Mr. Graham, a Democrat, served for 18 years in the Senate after two terms as Florida’s governor. He is also serving now on a panel established by Congress to look at the financial crisis of 2008, and he previously served as chairman of a commission that studied how to prevent the spread of nuclear and other unconventional weapons.

Mr. Reilly ran the E.P.A. for four years under President George Bush, including during the Exxon Valdez spill off Alaska. He is chairman of ClimateWorks Foundation and former president of the World Wildlife Fund and the Conservation Foundation. He currently serves on the boards of directors of DuPont and ConocoPhillips.

Mr. Obama said he would name the other five members of the panel shortly.

Let’s hope Mr. Obama puts Andy Stern on this panel, too. The commission needs as many ‘experts’ as it can get.

The commission’s mandate, he said, will be “to consider both the root causes of the disaster and offer options on what safety and environmental precautions we need to take to prevent a similar disaster from happening again.”

Environmental groups welcomed the establishment of the commission. “The entire framework of government oversight needs to be reviewed and strengthened,” said Frances Beinecke, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council. The commission, she added, needs to develop guidelines for “whether, when, where and under what circumstances new offshore drilling operations should be allowed.”

You see, it was just like we said. The BP spill is the fault of bad permitting.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, May 23rd, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

15 Responses to “BHO Panel – 6 Mos To Redo Drilling Rules”

  1. BigOil says:

    “But we can only pursue offshore oil drilling if we have assurances that a disaster like the BP oil spill will not happen again.”

    The only way to assure an accident will never happen is to do nothing.

    In my 20 years in the industry, the safety performance has improved by nearly a factor of ten. It did not result from bs government commissions and regulation. Safety improvements result from a combination of technological improvements and a strong desire to make sure nobody gets hurt. Dealing with flammable and explosive material 24/7 is not taken lightly – despite intimations to the contrary by demagogues like Barry and his environmentalist whacko allies.

    What was it Barry said during the Healthcare cramdown – “don’t make the perfect the enemy of the good”. I guess that line of thought only applies to government expansion.

    • proreason says:

      We can’t have airplanes either.

      Or tall buildings.

      Or ships.

      Or cars.

      Or medical equipment.

      All of those cause tens, perhaps hundreds of thousands of deaths every year.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      BigOil,

      You imply but don’t mention the fact that safety=productivity=lower costs. In other words, it just makes sense to try to anticipate and stave off any danger/risk. Of course, you can’t plan for every eventuality; There are always unknowns.

      Imagiine if this administration was ultimately in charge of the Moon program of the 60’s. After the Apollo One fire, it would have stopped indefinitely, perhaps permanently. But then, that’s an academic point as the boy has already killed the Ares return-to-the-moon project. How stimulatin’ izzat?

      Seems that the left, in their intellectual omnicience, expect that we have reached the “pinnacle of science” much as we did in the 1800’s when “everything that could be known, IS known.” Therefore, we can now power our homes with grass clippings, drive our cars on bird poop, all at a fraction of the cost of petrochemicals. And not only that, we can now officially outlaw said petrochemcials so that the Earth can live and breathe and frolic and be healthy again.

      Yay.

  2. canary says:

    The NYT’s confuses me. I only saw & heard Obama on FOX say they were going to find out who in the Oil Company screwed up. And then more recent, his denial that anyone in the government had any responsibility.
    Salazar is the one that skipped the inspections. Like I always say the worthless EPA don’t want to do anything that requires standing up from their seats.
    Witness accounts said the BP brass were partying over the award they
    jumped the gun they’d receieve the following Monday. And the award committee will not release which of the 3 up for the award, nor have they given the award to the other 2 drilling companies up for award. It’s a secret.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Get ready for the Moscow food lines because the food industry is
      next for Czarbama take over.
      (wonder if they’ll have toilet paper today)

  3. jobeth says:

    Just thinking out loud here for a moment, if you don’t mind….Just a little dot to dot exercise.

    You know, this tragedy isn’t working like it was supposed to.

    It was supposed to foul the foul…(sorry…I just had to say that ) and beaches all over the east coast of the US…AND Mexico.

    Odd how Mexico’s pres came to visit just at the same time this thing would have been a mess for Obalmy and crowd ,

    Dang, he had to resort to complaining about AZ and not the fouling of his beaches.

    I said it before and say it again. There are just too many “odd” coincidences.

    Until it can be proven otherwise, I can’t help but wonder about the why of this ‘accident’.
    After a month it still isn’t clear as to why this drilling failed. Yes we know where it broke but we still don’t know why. And the who/why that a fail safe wasn’t in place. At least I’ve not heard.

    Add to that, from what I understand it would have been better to let the thing burn…but no..they put out the fire and of course it take weeks to fix allowing the oil to continue to flow.

    Sadly..for them…nature isn’t cooperating and even after all this time the damage hasn’t been the huge nature disaster I believe the progressives hoped for.

    It may be 100% where it hits but thankfully it hasn’t hit many areas…yet.

    And speaking of real tragedy…I haven’t heard a word about the families of those who were killed…having memorials or that the president reached out to them. Perhaps I missed it.
    Hard to believe that it wouldn’t be on the MSM 24/7.

    But assuming for the moment that it IS an accident Obalmy is dragging his feet in getting this under control…even if only in the MSM.

    I keep referring back to “Never waste a crisis”

    At worst its all a clandestine scheme. At best its opportunism at the cost of the American taxpayer…but who are they?

    I know there are those that poo poo my “some thing’s fishy” attitude, but the progressive track record supports any and all suspicions as far as I am concerned.

    Certainly there is enough blame to go all around, but what puzzles me is the way this is a slow motion clean up and investigation and stoppage of the flow and the “Why” it failed and why the failure wasn’t prevented in the first place.

    He seems to move fast enough when it suits his aims…as in “The cops acted stupidly”
    We must rush the ‘stimulus”, health care, etc etc etc.

    I know…much of it is money and comfy bedfellows for Obalmy,,,but I feel it goes WAY deeper than that.

    Call me a nut…but track records speak volumes in telling us what to expect..

    • proreason says:

      Good analysis.

      The first clue was when the Moron declared he was going to support/allow offshore drilling.

      He said it, so you knew instantly that some kind of scheme was afoot.

      They probably caused the accident. Too many mysteries surround the first few weeks for the fascists not to have been directly involved. The SWAT team was there for a purpose. have you heard anything about that, btw?

      And you are correct, Jobeth, that it isn’t getting bad enough nearly fast enough. (The reason, btw, is that Mother Nature is remarkably resilient.)

      Since they are unable to flaunt the disaster, since it isn’t one, it tells me that something else is going to happen, either with that situation or another one.

      There are no limits to what they will do.

      It will never be provable, but the 14 people who died were killed, directly or indirectly, by Obamy and his thugs.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      “Just because I’m paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not out to get me.”

    • jobeth says:

      Pro,
      “The first clue was when the Moron declared he was going to support/allow offshore drilling.”

      That was a real red flag for me too. I told hubby to watch when that happened, that Obalmy was up to something. That was too far out of his MO to be real.

      “The SWAT team was there for a purpose. have you heard anything about that, btw?”

      No, I haven’t but would like to know more. Do you have a few details or perhaps a link? Ummm, interesting

      Rusty,
      “Just because I’m paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not out to get me.”

      That phrase keeps popping up in my head where Obamy is concerned… “early and often”, to borrow another phrase. lol

    • proreason says:

      It isn’t possible to be overly paranoid with the Moron.

      I would have said the same thing about Hitler, Stalin, Lenin, Mao and many others.

      The Moron is pro-change, you know.

      WE are his “jewish problem”.

      And Jobeth, I don’t know anything else about the Swat Teams……that’s my point.

    • jobeth says:

      I can be a little slow sometimes…lol

    • proreason says:

      Here you go, jobeth.

      From the Washington Examiner. Bottom line. The “Swat Teams” couldn’t find anything to pillory BP about, so the moronistration has diappeared the whole thing. If they can’t hang somebody, they have no further interest.

      http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/blogs/beltway-confidential/Remember-Obamas-emergency-Gulf-Oil-SWAT-team-inspections-94727604.html

      It sounds like the SWAT tems were inspectors, not law enforcement people.

    • jobeth says:

      Thanks Pro…. I checked out your link.

      Scoff if you will but at least we can rest assured that thousands will be safe now that O’balmy has found these dangerous infractions!

      “…violations included a testing procedure flaw, an uncovered six-inch by 12-inch hole, and expired eyewash bottles in a first aid kit”

      I mean that eye wash thing alone could desimate the whole of the gulf oil effort!!!

      /sarc (but only for a moment…lol)

      This is actually great news. Sounds like, try as he might, he just can’t get a good crisis going….It should have be so easy too.

      Wonder if he is related to the the pantie bomber and the Times Square bomber. They couldn’t get a good crisis going either.

    • proreason says:

      Isn’t it interesting that the moronistration lept into action to see if they could discover an infraction to blame BP for.

      Since then, they have done nothing.

      Except the normal finger-pointing, of course.

      The nerds that populate the moronistration are a dainty effeminate crew (ex ballerinas, queers and jew-haters), but one thing you can say for them, they have very stong pointing fingers.

    • jobeth says:

      ” but one thing you can say for them, they have very stong pointing fingers.”

      I suppose they never learned the more polite Disney two finger point. You would think they would have picked that up along the way, being as how they are still living as spoiled brats in fantasy land.

      Personally I use the three finger sign…and ask the recipient to kindly “read between the lines”.
      So much more classy don’t you think? lol


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