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Obama, Bush Exempt Offshore Drilling from Env. Impact Studies – Oil Spills & Paper Mills

Posted on June 20, 2010 by bp complaints

Permits for offshore oil drilling, including deep water drilling and specifically the Deepwater Horizon, were rubber stamped without environmental impact studies under the Bush administration, and shamefully, under the Obama administration as well. These so-called “categorical exclusions” exempting them from an environmental impact study are reserved for projects that could never possibly harm the environment, like building a hiking trail or an outhouse. Well, we’ve built a very big outhouse, and its contents have hit the fan. How many trees have died to print these meaningless permits that we rubber stamp with no government oversight? Well, this video contains a little information on the paper industry as well, specifically on Botnia, the Finnish paper mill in Uruguay that was recently the center of international controversy, at least here in South America, due to accusations of treaty violations and pollution of a shared river on the border between Uruguay and Argentina. The international court just passed down a ruling… and showed a clear bias in favor of big business. They claimed the evidence of pollution presented by Argentina was unreliable because Argentina has an interest in protecting its people from pollution… but the evidence presented by Uruguay, compiled BY THE PAPER MILL ITSELF, was admissable and proved that there was no contamination. The governments of the world have been taken over by big business interests, and every industry, from the coal
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Who was ignoring Ken Abbott 2 months ago? Everybody – including the public, government agencies, elected officials, newspeople – and BP. Now when a whistle blows – listen. NEW ORLEANS — The Deepwater Horizon leak is now leading to safety concerns on another BP rig in the Gulf of Mexico. The BP Atlantis is located in more than 7000 feet of water, 150 miles south of New Orleans. According to a lawsuit filed Monday in Houston, the rig is plagued by some of the same possible safety problems as the Horizon. It claims the Department of the Interior allowed Atlantis to operate without completed engineering blueprints needed to operate the rig safely. “This is not a mere paperwork. Without these as-built drawings, the people that are working on these rigs, are flying blind from the standpoint of how to safely operate BP rigs in the Gulf of Mexico,” said plaintiffs’ attorney Mikal Watts. Watts represents the environmental group Food and Water Watch and former BP sub-contractor Ken Abbott. BP fired Abbott, a project control supervisor, last year after he voiced concerns about a lack of documentation on Atlantis. “At BP, I beat my head against the wall, they didn’t care, the government agencies didn’t care,” said Abbott. Abbott said a congressional investigation into the Deepwater Horizon spill indicated that BP could not locate detailed drawings for the rig’s blowout preventer and that workers wasted half a day trying to shut off a valve that had already been disconnected. “BP and
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  1. Capitalocracy says:

    @fatpius It seems to me that there’s generally a moratorium until some oil company wants to start a drilling project, then the moratorium is lifted, then Obama “gets mad” and puts the moratorium back in place until the next drilling project comes up

  2. fatpius says:

    heard last evening, the gov gave Shell permission for an even deeper 7,000 deep
    (to sea bed).

  3. China1033 says:

    surprised u dont hear sarah pallin and john mccian with there *Drill Baby Drill*
    bullshit anymore lmao

  4. 55ella2007k says:

    @KazukiSeirei The only reason why this moratorium was placed by the Obama administration, was to defuse the initial anger + outrage regarding this most recent oil-spill disaster. But rest assured, it’s business as usual. And yes, 27 new drilling projects WERE approved AFTER this disaster, but have now been placed on hold, temporarily, because it’s not good PR at this point. Everything is about PR , ‘fake’ opposition via empty rhetoric to get the disillusioned masses back on board 🙁

  5. 55ella2007k says:

    Excellent video! This is precisely why CAP + Trade is essentially just another scam. Carbon Credits my ass – and you’ve just pointed out how it works. Thanks for your insightful vids! Keep them coming as long as you can.

  6. imjustagirl776 says:

    Welcome to the New Dark Ages by Bad Religion come to mind. Most excellent post, my friend. Thank you.

  7. mrx0066600 says:

    Oil drilling using an environmental loop hole is sick.

  8. KazukiSeirei says:

    Thanks for posting this my friend. I had no idea that a news set of off-shore (exempt) rigs had been scheduled to begin shortly after the moratorium. I had read something about the exemptions shortly after this mess began, it turned my stomach. This one is going to bring on some serious shit. I just wish that people would get past their 30-second attention span in order to realize just how big a mess this is.


  9. TheNick487 says:

    Thank you great post.

  10. lordbyronism says:

    Quoting from BBC News:”White House energy adviser said the Gulf of Mexico oil spill was the worst environmental disaster the US has faced. She also said the US was “prepared for the worst scenario” that the leak might not be stopped before August. At least 20 million gallons have now spilled into the Gulf, affecting more than 70 miles of Louisiana’s coastline.11 rig workers died when the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded and sank six weeks ago.” Ha! ”Scary”? i would say SHAMEFUL…..

  11. mapleloaf67 says:

    money talks

  12. shortcircuit925 says:


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