Bloomberg News Continues to Mislead on Offshore Drilling Ban

By: Monday July 19, 2010 6:00 am

Kevin Drum of Mother Jones writes, “This is stunningly bad journalism… The Bloomberg results make for an exciting headline, but that’s about it. Correlation with reality is pretty close to zero.”

 

Bush OMB Guy Blames Congress for Lax Oil Drilling Oversight That Bush OMB Approved

By: Wednesday July 14, 2010 3:45 pm

The New York Times turns over valuable op-ed space to a former Bush OMB official who uses it to obscure it was his and OMB’s job to oversee how effective Interior and Minerals Management Service (MMS) were in promoting and regulating offshore oil drilling.

Captured Government: How a Federal Court Can Claim Deepwater Drilling Is Safe

By: Wednesday June 23, 2010 2:00 pm

In the absence of any evidence of overwhelmingly bad lawyering by the Government’s attorneys, you have to wonder how any competent court could conclude that there isn’t a compelling case for stopping all offshore drilling. This is as close to a no-brainer as you get.

Salazar: “No Amount of Regulation Would Have Prevented” BP Oil Disaster; MMS Continues to Permit Without Review

By: Monday June 21, 2010 8:21 am

A legitimate Minerals Management Service could have known about the leaking blowout preventer before the blast. It could have acted on the inherent problems with the blind shear ram and the oil industry’s failsafe measures in general (blowout preventers have a 45% failure rate, according to a confidential Transocean report). But we didn’t have a legitimate MMS to deal with this disaster. We have 62 regulators dealing with over 4,000 offshore rigs in the Gulf of Mexico.

As Oil Floods the Gulf, Hearings Reveal BP’s Criminal Behavior

By: Friday May 28, 2010 1:55 pm

The Obama Administration and its DOJ owes the citizens a better effort than they have mustered to date. It is funny they are out trying to prosecute Guantanamo defense attorneys for doing their jobs and are still hell bent to persecute inconsequential marijuana crimes, but have no burning desire to go hard after BP, the biggest environmental criminal in history. How can that be?

BP and MMS Agree: “Seals, Sea Otters, and Walruses” Live in Gulf of Mexico

By: Wednesday May 19, 2010 3:00 pm

In its emergency plans in the event of an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, BP made clear it knows how to save “seals, sea otters, and walruses” in the Gulf waters. The only problem is, no such animals live in the Gulf.

Indeed, it appears BP literally copied and pasted emergency response plans to apply to any spill in the world, regardless of the reality of the local ecosystems. While “seals, sea otters, and walruses” are a concern for oil spills in colder waters, there are none of those animals in the Gulf.

Did MMS/Oil Industry Field Test Predict Subsurface Plumes in a Deepwater Blowout?

By: Wednesday May 19, 2010 7:00 am

Note: Marcy Wheeler has been called away but asked me to write up something one of her commenters found. It’s a presentation by an MMS official, who worked for "retiring" MMS head Chris Oynes, describing a "field test" the industry performed on the possibility of a deepwater blowout. View the presentation. As we watch newly [...]

Better Luck Next Time: Shell Reassures MMS That the Next Oil Spill Won’t Be So Bad

By: Tuesday May 18, 2010 11:45 am

It’s unsatisfactory for me to say that the lesson we’ll eventually learn from this oil spill is that next time the response will be faster, or that next time there will be greater controls in place to reduce the impact on the environment and our communities. It avoids the fact that the consequences of such a spill are so great and irreversible that we can’t really afford to have “the next one.”

Unfortunately, this seems to be the direction we’re headed in.In a move to get in good with the folks over at Minerals Management Systems, who will be under much more scrutiny and pressure following the Gulf spill, Shell wrote them a letter to assuage any fears they might have about the oil giant’s future plans– specifically a controversial drilling project off the coast of Alaska

House Oversight Launches Investigation Into BP, Minerals Management Service

By: Monday May 17, 2010 12:01 pm

In the BP disaster we have seen a pattern from MMS of outright ignoring their responsibilities. So it’s worth probing again the failures at the agency. And the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform plans to do just that.

Obama’s Scheduled Flip-Out Over BP Oil Disaster

By: Friday May 14, 2010 3:35 pm

A note to the White House political team – you probably shouldn’t leak that the President will “get really angry” about something 12 hours before he does, as it tends to blunt the impact and ruin the element of surprise. Nevertheless, the President used the bully pulpit today to express urgency and frustration about the crisis in the Gulf. And you do have to give him a little credit for turning that blame inward on his own Administration.

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