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Offshore Oil drilling continues……

[ BP has stationed one oil rig above the mile-deep wellhead to siphon the leaking oil and two other rigs to drill relief wells.* ]

Least you think this country has forgotten for one moment……. what it uses to fuel its millions of cars, trucks, boats , airplanes and even lawn mowers…….

It hasn’t…..

As my friend Manila would say…..


There really isn’t any choice…..

In the days since President Obama announced a moratorium on permits for drilling new offshore oil wells and a halt to a controversial type of environmental waiver that was given to the Deepwater Horizon rig, at least seven new permits for various types of drilling and five environmental waivers have been granted, according to records.

The records also indicate that since the April 20 explosion on the rig, federal regulators have granted at least 19 environmental waivers for gulf drilling projects and at least 17 drilling permits, most of which were for types of work like that on the Deepwater Horizon shortly before it exploded, pouring a ceaseless current of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

Asked about the permits and waivers, officials at theDepartment of the Interior and the Minerals Management Service, which regulates drilling, pointed to public statements by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, reiterating that the agency had no intention of stopping all new oil and gas production in the gulf.

Department of the Interior officials said in a statement that the moratorium was meant only to halt permits for the drilling of new wells. It was not meant to stop permits for new work on existing drilling projects like the Deepwater Horizon.

But critics say the moratorium has been violated or too narrowly defined to prevent another disaster.

With crude oil still pouring into the gulf and washing up on beaches and in wetlands, President Obama is sending Mr. Salazar and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitanoback to the region on Monday……


* While the media keeps it dog and pony show going on with the Feds…BP and its hired contractors will go on until they finally cap the pipes spewing the oil into the Gulf…..

May 24, 2010 - Posted by | Animals, Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Ecology, Government, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Travel, Updates | ,

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