NYT: MMS Still Granting Drilling Permits and NEPA Waivers Despite “Moratorium”

By: Monday May 24, 2010 6:45 am

The New York Times has been tracking the Mineral Management Service’s compliance with the moratorium on new OCS/Gulf drilling permits announced by President Obama and Interior Secretary Salazar. Their finding: MMS continues to issue new drilling and related permits on activities just like those conducted by the Deepwater Horizon rig.


Drill Wherever, Drill Now: Congress’ 30-Day Deadline for Rubber-Stamping Exploration Plans

By: Friday May 21, 2010 2:21 pm

The other day, when Sheldon Whitehouse asked Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar why BP had gotten an exemption from the full-blown NEPA process from which it presumably should have been categorically excluded, Salazar referenced a 30-day deadline from Congress to approve exploration plans. Senator, there has been significant environmental review, including Environmental Impact Statements that [...]

With Oil Disaster Growing, Obama to Divide Minerals Management Service; Landrieu Still Defends Drilling

By: Tuesday May 11, 2010 3:35 pm

As Obama may be proposing the first real and positive change at the Federal level to address the extraction industry in a very long time, Senator Mary Landrieu (D-Oil) continues to demand more drilling.

Have the Toxic Dispersants BP Poured into Gulf Gusher Ever Been Tested?

By: Friday May 7, 2010 12:01 pm

As BP pours unprecedented amounts of a toxic dispersant into the Gulf, it appears no one in the federal government or the governments of surrounding states can tell us anything useful about the consequences, and no one is demanding immediate access to a full explanation of everything in this deadly brew.

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