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How come Obama's "brilliant highly intellectual" leader of MMS failed miserably on her job?

March 2008 - The mineral rights to drill for oil were purchased by BP at the MMS's Lease Sale #206, held at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans. MMS's 2009 decision that acoustically-controlled shut-off valve (BOP) would not be required as a last resort against underwater spills at the site MMS's failure to suggest other “fail-safe” mechanisms after a 2004 report raised questions about the reliability of the electrical remote-control devices Prior to Director Birnbaum's appointment, MMS granted a categorical exclusion waiver on April 6, 2009 to BP exempting it from National Environmental Policy Act's requirements including a detailed environmental analysis, concluding the spill risk in that part of the Gulf was “minimal or nonexistent.” Such NEPA waivers have become routine at MMS, and the Interior department approves 250 to 400 per year for Gulf of Mexico projects. MMS gave permission to BP and dozens of other oil companies to drill in the Gulf of Mexico without first getting required permits from another agency (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA) that assesses threats to endangered species — and despite strong warnings from NOAA about the impact the drilling was likely to have on the gulf. Those approvals, federal records show, include one for the well drilled by the Deepwater Horizon rig, which exploded on April 20, killing 11 workers and resulting in thousands of barrels of oil spilling into the gulf each day MMS routinely overruled its staff biologists and engineers who raised concerns about the safety and the environmental impact of drilling proposals in the Gulf and in Alaska Since 20 April 2010, when an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig killed 11 workers, 27 new offshore drilling projects have been approved by MMS. All but one project was granted similar exemptions from environmental review as BP. Two were submitted by the UK firm, and made the same claims about oil-rig safety and the implausibility of a spill damaging the environment A May 2010 inspector general investigation revealed that MMS regulators in the Gulf region had allowed industry officials to fill in their own inspection reports in pencil and then turned them over to the regulators, who traced over them in pen before submitting the reports to the agency. MMS staff had routinely accepted meals, tickets to sporting events, and gifts from oil companies.[37] Staffers also used government computers to view pornography.[38] In 2009 the regional supervisor of the Gulf region for MMS pled guilty and was sentenced to a year's probation in federal court for lying about receiving gifts from an offshore drilling contractor. "This deeply disturbing report is further evidence of the cozy relationship between MMS and the oil and gas industry," Salazar said. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minerals_Management_Service All under Obama's watch except for the signing agreement in 2008, how pathetic to have a "leader" like Obama who plays the blame game, its HIS WATCH and Obama said he was in charge since DAY ONE.

Asked By: Barry Marx - 6/17/2010
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To excuse Obama.....dems will blame Bush. In other words....two wrongs "do" make a right. Typical dem thinking. Obama has, is and will always walk on water in their eyes. "Obama said he was in charge since DAY ONE." I agree, but his idle worshipers still think that DAY 1 hasn't started yet.
Answered By: Political spin KILLER - 6/17/2010
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Whats more disturbing in his speech he stated that the MMS has been a miserable mistake for the past decade. And he did nothing about it, Nothing
Answered By: Football Ref - 6/17/2010
 
Because she's just been appointed, but you knew that didn't you... More
Answered By: rejectedzipper - 6/17/2010
 
Chris Oynes was the Head of MMS. He resigned days after the rig exploded. Mr. Oynes was a Oil company lobbyist in Washington always fighting for less regulation of off shore drilling. DICK CHENEY, let me say that again , DICK CHENEY appointed Chris Oynes to the MMS Mr. Oynes was the man in charge when these... More
Answered By: Freedom Fighter - 6/17/2010
 
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