Skip to comments.U.S. Said to Allow Drilling Without Needed Permits
Posted on 05/17/2010 6:45:55 AM PDT by libstripper
The federal Minerals Management Service gave permission to BP and dozens of other oil companies to drill in the Gulf of Mexico without first getting required permits from another agency that assesses threats to endangered species and despite strong warnings from that agency about the impact the drilling was likely to have on the gulf.
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Blame BP [Chris Horner]
I hope to elaborate later ... but it seems to me the issue with the recent oil-platform explosion and subsequent leak issue is BP, not offshore drilling.
Offshore drilling has a very good track record in the past few decades and especially recently; BP has a terrible one.
The Deepwater Horizon incident is consistent with only one of those track records.
Like Enron and indeed, in close cooperation with Enron on the global warming rent-seeking BP got distracted from its core businesses and spent its energies getting into solar ventures and carbon-trading schemes, and otherwise losing the plot of an energy company. The absurd re-branding to Beyond Petroleum (really? your balance sheet doesnt quite agree) speaks volumes.
They thereby also lost focus on these operations and implicitly told their best people that the future did not lie there.
And for a decade we have seen BP facilities blowing up with human and environmental consequences all over the place.
The newsiness of this spill is testimony to its aberrant nature.
The issue today isnt offshore drilling so much as it is the company that, in violation of all laws of probability, continues to be involved in a preponderance of its various industries high-profile workplace tragedies.
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