State Department Letting Keystone XL Contractor Manage Its Environmental Review

By: Thursday September 29, 2011 1:45 pm

Never mind Solyndra. That puffed up bit of White House political interference in agency determinations is small potatoes compared to what the U.S. State Department is doing to corrupt the environmental evaluation of the Keystone XL Pipeline project.


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.

BP’s Permission Not Needed for Feds to Monitor Spill Effects

By: Wednesday May 19, 2010 7:15 pm

OK, this is just bullpucky. The government is doing all sorts of handwringing about how it can’t force BP to disclose information about what’s actually going on in the gulf. From McClatchy BP, the company in charge of the rig that exploded last month in the Gulf of Mexico, hasn’t publicly divulged the results of [...]

NYT: Oil Regulators Routinely Violated Environmental Laws, Muzzled Scientists

By: Friday May 14, 2010 6:05 am

Where were all the government engineers and environmental scientists who must have known about the dangers and risks of deepwater drilling? The Times reports the answer: they were muzzled by pro-drilling managers up and down the Administration and afraid to speak out or lose their jobs.

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.

Deepwater Discovery: Oil, Water and Leaky Hydraulics Don’t Mix

By: Thursday May 6, 2010 7:43 am

I wanted to call your attention to this excellent story from the Houston Chronicle describing some of the potential causes of the Deepwater Horizon spill. The short version appears to be that they were switching the drill chamber over from mud to water, which exposed what may be a potentially faulty concrete job, which brought gas to the surface. When that happened, and the blowout preventer was activated, the BOP failed, potentially because of leaky hydraulics.

Why BP’s Oil Disaster Scenario Wasn’t Considered During Environmental Review

By: Thursday May 6, 2010 6:50 am

The Washington Post reported the Minerals Management Service overseeing the Deepwater Horizon’s drilling plans never performed the thorough environmental assessment presumably required under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). But no one should be surprised at how watered down NEPA has become.

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