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Obama May Let Some Oil Drilling Resume

From a water muddying Reuters:

U.S. to ease requirements on some deepwater projects

By Ayesha Rascoe Mon Jan 3, 2011

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Monday eased new environmental barriers to some oil and gas deepwater projects, but companies will still have to meet stringent regulations before drilling resumes.

Oil companies and Republican lawmakers have complained that regulations imposed after the BP oil spill have brought Gulf of Mexico drilling to a standstill.

Isn’t it an incontrovertible fact that there have been no permits issued? So why couch it in terms of "oil companies and Republican lawmakers" complaining?

The department’s decision to waive some environmental requirements comes as Noble Corp announced that Marathon Oil Co canceled a four-year, $752 million contract for a deepwater rig in the Gulf due to lack of drilling permits.

And of course the fact that gasoline has topped $3 a gallon and is on its way to $4 or even $5 a gallon had nothing to do with this ‘easing’ of the drilling ban. Or should we say, ‘pretense of easing’?

The policy will impact 13 companies with projects that were already underway when the department imposed its ban on deepwater drilling. Companies will be able to forego additional environmental reviews depending on new calculations of the worst-case flow rate estimates for their wells.

How kind of Mr. Obama to allow these companies to continue drilling for oil after they have already paid for the rights and were fully permitted to do so.

While removing one potential obstacle for these companies, it does not automatically mean drilling will begin immediately.

Affected companies such as Chevron and Royal Dutch Shell, which were drilling wells when the department imposed its moratorium, must still meet new offshore drilling regulations before restarting their projects.

Whew. We were worried for a minute. Thank Gaia there are still new and probably impossible drilling regulations to protect us.

Still, the Obama administration got the misleading headlines that they wanted. After all, it is only the ‘optics’ that matter. Not the actual facts on the ground.

They just want people to think Mr. Obama’s seven year moratorium has been lifted, so that he isn’t blamed for the skyrocketing gas prices.

"We are taking into account the special circumstances of those companies whose operations were interrupted by the moratorium and ensuring that they are able to resume previously approved activities," said Michael Bromwich, head of Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.

Since lifting its ban in October on drilling at depths more than 500 feet, the department has yet to approve any new deepwater exploration drilling permits

And this ‘easing’ will not change any of that, since all it is doing is allowing previously permitted projects to resume – if they can pass all the other new ‘environmental’ obstacles that have been put before them.

No new permits are being issued. Despite several federal courts having ruled that Mr. Obama’s ban is illegal.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, January 3rd, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Obama May Let Some Oil Drilling Resume”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    The damage he’s done is done. The rigs and people who are unemployed are seeking work elsewhere, possibly internationally. While numbnuts is in office, they know their careers working oil is done, unless they want to live in some bug-infested country with no clean water.

    Barry is proud of the damage that he’s done. There’s no other way to say it. He’s a criminal and a dictator. And, while I’m at it, a very angry little boy.

  2. AcornsRNutz says:

    And damage he has. Gasoline consumption is at a record low for 2010 and not expected to increase. For some reason I could neither attribute that fact to greener cars or regard it as postive information. But then again, I am not an expert on the economy and the environment like the government is.

  3. mr_bill says:

    Permits schmermits. Even with a permitted well in the Gulf, try to find a rig to do anything about it. While nerobama paralyzed the oil and gas industry in the gulf with his [illegal, unconstitutional] diktat, the rigs have all gone south, where they can work and earn money for their endeavors. I’m sure some of them have even gone to work in the service of PetroBras, making George Soros some money on the $2 billion dollar gift nerobama gave him, courtesy of us taxpayers.

    With gasoline prices rising and nerobama enriching his crony with a sweetheart funding deal for offshore oil and gas exploration in Brazil, you’d think the folks who were calling for the heads of W and Dick Cheney and their “oil company cronies” [with absolutely no proof, nor even a cohesive theory] would be shouting the same thing about nerobama. Its strange that they are not, even though the evidence of nerobama’s malfeasance and brother-in-law deals is incontrovertible. Has no one on the left realized that gasoline has crossed the $3.00 mark? Was this not their rallying cry in the lead-up to the 2008 election? Where are the stories of the working poor who cannot afford to drive their cars to their jobs?

    • AcornsRNutz says:

      …you’d think the folks who were calling for the heads of W and Dick Cheney and their “oil company cronies” [with absolutely no proof, nor even a cohesive theory]…”

      That’s not entirely fair. Bush was from Texas, there is oil in Texas. He had money and wore a cowboy hat at times. To a liberal, that is as cohesive an argument as you can expect.

  4. Right of the People says:

    While a great deal of damage has been done, a lot of it is reversible but it will take some backbone and iron will that I doubt that any politician today possesses. After the 2012 elections, that is if the boy emperor doesn’t suspend them, when the right SHOULD kick the majority of the libwits out of congress and take back the White House one of their first acts should the the dissolution of the EPA, HUD, HHS & Dept of Education.

    Once the EPA is gone Congress can then rescind all of the stupid laws banning drilling in the continental US and the building of refineries. Next come the laws concerning education and all of the socialist crap they spout in schools so we can get back to teaching things like reading, writing and math and all in English, non of this bi-lingual garbage. If Pedro or Maria can’t learn their ABC’s our language, let them back until they can even if it takes years. Bring back the little buses too so we don’t have to dumb down the entire curriculum so kids who need special attention can get it in their own classes and not hold back the rest of the class.

    There is so much more that needs to be undone but I don’t want to write a Russian novel here to list it all. I think all of us on this site know what needs to be done. We need to find us some people to run for office in ’12 who will have the cajones to do the right thing.


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