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Buchanan demands probe of BP's NEPA waiver

By Juliet Eilperin

The news that the Minerals Management Service exempted BP from conducting a detailed environmental analysis on its disastrous drilling operation in the Gulf of Mexico prompted calls for a congressional probe Wednesday.

Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.) has called on the House Committee on Government Oversight and Reform to investigate why the Obama administration gave BP a categorical exclusion from conducting the study required under the National Environmental Policy Act at the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico.

Referring to the Washington Post article on the matter, Buchanan writes, "Safety regulations are put in place to prevent catastrophes of this nature; circumvention of these standards puts our environment and economy at risk, as evidenced by this massive spill."

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Juliet Eilperin

 |  May 5, 2010; 9:18 PM ET Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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The BP Deepwater Horizon oil platform blowout in the Gulf of Mexico has three impacts. It was a local human tragedy for friends and families of the eleven killed workers. It will also have real regional, but temporary, negative ecological and commercial fisheries impacts. And, the spill will chronically damage the image and political influence of corporate petroleum interests – even though BP was a significant funder of Obama’s election. The top recipient of BP-related donations during the 2008 presidential election was Barack Obama, who collected $71,000, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. What the BP blowout was certainly not, is a proper justification for the Obama Administration to suspend their recently-authorized expansion of offshore oil explorations in the Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic Seaboard, Arctic and Pacific Coasts. Oil and gas products supply about 60% of America’s energy needs. And, they represent 7% of our gross domestic product (GDP).

Today’s U.S. Interior Secretary Salazar’s suspension of oil explorations is the daily political posturing of an administration that is in chaos, and desperate to maintain and expand power over all branches of U.S. Government. They fear an expected fall off-year congressional election blowout of Democrats.

Neither government nor environmentalists has ever produced a single drop of oil. Oil and gas will continue to fuel our prosperity through the 21st century. Political progressives exhibit a perverse pattern of dividing and exploiting Americans into voting blocks by race, labor class, gender identity and religion, including environmentalism.

Posted by: PAULTAYLOREXAMINER | May 8, 2010 10:56 AM
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