Records show at least 7 new permits for drilling, 5 environmental waivers
By Ian Urbina
WASHINGTON - 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. Click here to read the full article.
There really should be a total moratorium on waivers and permits for oil rigs @ this juncture.
We have the largest oil rig disaster in US history & the government is not able to shut it down enough to learn a lesson & review policies & procedures?
They may as well join the ranks of the mindless Drill Baby Drill crowd, because they can't give up the big oil fix?
Furthermore, they need to make BP understand they have been given ORDERS by the EPA to cease & desist with the chemical dispersant.