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Oil Czar May Lift (Illegal) Drill Ban Early

From an outraged Associated Press:

Interior official: Drill ban may be lifted early

August 3, 2010

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration hopes to lift a freeze on deepwater drilling well before its scheduled Nov. 30 expiration date, the nation’s top drilling regulator said Tuesday.

And never mind that two courts have struck down the ban. Laws are for the little people. Not for czars and messiahs.

Michael Bromwich, director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement, said he and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar were gathering information to decide whether to revise or even lift the ban, which has shut down drilling at 33 ocean wells in the wake of the BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

For the record, these 33 deepwater drilling sites represent less than 1% of the 3,600 oil and natural gas production platforms in the Gulf of Mexico.

And, also, lest we forget, this moratorium was issue over the objections of the blue ribbon panel of experts that Mr. Salazar had assembled. Though he gave exactly the opposite impression.

"I think it is everybody’s hope that we will feel comfortable enough that the moratorium can be lifted significantly in advance of Nov. 30," Bromwich told reporters Tuesday. "But I can’t say when."

Translation: the moratorium is not polling well, and it needs to be out of the headlines before the November 2nd elections.

Bromwich made the comment as previewed a series of public forums he is hosting on the Gulf spill, starting Wednesday in New Orleans. Industry leaders, environmentalists, academic experts and others have been invited to the daylong sessions, which also will include testimony from federal, state and local leaders and members of the public…

Bromwich said he knows the drilling freeze is causing hardship, but said the Obama administration is committed to ensuring that drilling is safe and that spills can be contained before allowing normal operations to resume

The excuse for this job-killing moratorium has been that the federal government has to make sure such an accident never happens again. Consequently, if there is another oil spill anywhere under US jurisdiction after this ban is lifted, heads should roll — government heads. Starting with the Czar’s.

He said the government and industry leaders alike were caught "flat-footed" by the disaster, which came after four decades in which there were few serious offshore oil spills in the United States.

Not counting the equally large oil spill of Ixtoc I, 31 years ago.

"There was a level of self-confidence and complacency, based on the absence of such an incident over the last several decades, that caused people to suspend skepticism" about the dangers of drilling in deep water far offshore, Bromwich said, adding that his comment applied both to industry and his own agency.

Bromwich took over the drilling agency, formerly known as the Minerals Management Service, in June after Salazar and President Barack Obama forced out his predecessor, saying she did not move fast enough to implement needed reforms.

A former federal prosecutor with no experience in the oil industry, Bromwich has taken over an agency in crisis

That’s okay. As we have previously noted, Mr. Bromwich is a graduate of Harvard College, the Harvard Law School – and Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

He is obviously qualified to do anything.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, August 4th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Oil Czar May Lift (Illegal) Drill Ban Early”

  1. proreason says:

    They must have determined that the maximum damage has been inflicted……on the oil industry.

    The only question know is whether the elections will be more influenced by lifting the ban now, or a few weeks before November.

    And of course whether lifting the ban will be reversed immediately after the election, or early next year……when more information comes out.

    • BannedbytheTaliban says:

      Most of the rigs have left; repealing the ban will have the same effect as keeping it in place now that there is no one to drill. This way Obama can play the “okey-doke” on whitey by saying he benevolently lifted the ban.

  2. Swamp Thing says:

    Obviously, AP is schilling for Barry and giving him cover for when he lifts the moratorium. Although from what I’ve heard, it’s not the moratorium that is the problem it is that the administration has decided on not permitting any work in the Gulf, shallow or deep.

    On another point, this crowd makes me embarrassed to admit I went to an Ivy league school.

    • Right of the People says:


      You are excused. You have obviously survived the liberal brainwashing and are now on the true path to truth and enlightenment. Go forth and sin no more.

  3. canary says:

    I’d like an answer to why it’s okay for Obama to drill in Indonesia’s deep waters.

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