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ADVISERS CITED BY SALAZAR SAY DRILLING BAN IS BAD IDEA



ADVISERS CITED BY SALAZAR SAY DRILLING BAN IS BAD IDEA
Consultants sign letter disavowing six-month ban

Wednesday, June 09, 2010
By David Hammer

Staff writer

Members of a panel of experts brought in to advise the Obama administration on how to address offshore drilling safety after the Deepwater Horizon disaster now say Interior Secretary Ken Salazar falsely implied they supported a six-month drilling moratorium they actually oppose.


Salazar's May 27 report to President Barack Obama said a panel of seven experts "peer reviewed" his recommendations, which included a six-month moratorium on all ongoing drilling in waters deeper than 500 feet. That prohibition took effect a few days later, but the angry panel members and some others who contributed to the Salazar report said they had reviewed only an earlier version of the secretary's report that suggested a six-month moratorium only on new drilling, and then only in waters deeper than 1,000 feet.


"We broadly agree with the detailed recommendations in the report and compliment the Department of Interior for its efforts," a joint letter from the panelists to various politicians says. "However, we do not agree with the six month blanket moratorium on floating drilling. A moratorium was added after the final review and was never agreed to by the contributors."


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An Interior Department spokeswoman agreed that the experts had not given their blessing for a moratorium, and said the department did not mean to leave the impression they had. In fact, she said, the experts were merely asked to review 22 safety recommendations in the report.


"We didn't mean to imply that they also agreed with the moratorium on deepwater drilling," the spokeswoman, Kendra Barkoff, said. "We acknowledge that they were not asked to review or comment on the proposed moratorium and that they peer-reviewed the report on a technical basis. The moratorium on deepwater drilling is based on the need for a comprehensive review of safety in deepwater operations in light of the BP oil spill."


The experts' criticism of the moratorium and effort to distance themselves from it come as oil production companies prepare to move mobile deepwater rigs out of the Gulf of Mexico, threatening thousands of jobs in Louisiana that support those drilling operations with supply boats and shoreside services.


"A blanket moratorium is not the answer. It will not measurably reduce risk further and it will have a lasting impact on the nation's economy which may be greater than that of the oil spill," the letter says. "We do not believe punishing the innocent is the right thing to do."


One of the panelists who signed the letter, University of California at Berkeley engineering professor Bob Bea, said in an e-mail message that a moratorium should be reserved for "unconventional, very hazardous operations" and shouldn't apply to the "majority of conventional offshore operations, (which) meet fundamental requirements for acceptable risks."


"Moratorium was not a part of the ... report we consulted-advised-reviewed," Bea wrote. "Word from DOI (Interior Department) was it was a W(hite) H(ouse) request."


The National Academy of Engineering provided seven reviewers for Salazar's safety report, and the academy's Ken Arnold, an oil and gas industry consultant, wrote a scathing cover letter Tuesday that concludes: "The Secretary should be free to recommend whatever he thinks is correct, but he should not be free to use our names to justify his political decisions."

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  • Irisheyes 2010/06/10 22:10:48 (edited)
    Irisheyes
    +6
    Well, news leaked this afternoon that those 7 experts that Obama claimed that advised him to shut down the oil drilling in the Gulf for 6 months gave no such recommendation. Ken Arnold was one of the man and he came out and said I gave no such recommendation and the report they were given doesn't look anything like what was released. Salazar and Obama have some explaining to do.

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  • 12 Tone Melody 2010/06/14 00:27:16
  • Frank 2010/06/11 22:30:44
    Frank
    +2
    Based on the top comment it appears Obama is telling another one of his lies, the man has no shame when it comes to lieing. His most famous lie so far is I will not raise taxes.
  • Torchmanner ~PWCM~JLA 2010/06/11 12:06:38
  • JT For Political Reform 2010/06/11 02:51:46
    JT For Political Reform
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    This administration wants more people unemployed so they can manipulate them. Take their lively hood away, no money coming in, then throw them a carrot now and again and they just might follow you as if you were the pied piper.
  • Rodney 2010/06/11 00:23:30
    Rodney
    +2
    Ya' think? We have major unemployment already, we need to become self supporting in our energy needs and oil will have to remain a large part of those energy needs until such a time as an alternative to the power oil can give to our transportation needs can be found.
  • Irisheyes 2010/06/10 22:10:48 (edited)
    Irisheyes
    +6
    Well, news leaked this afternoon that those 7 experts that Obama claimed that advised him to shut down the oil drilling in the Gulf for 6 months gave no such recommendation. Ken Arnold was one of the man and he came out and said I gave no such recommendation and the report they were given doesn't look anything like what was released. Salazar and Obama have some explaining to do.

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  • Conserv... Irisheyes 2010/06/10 22:13:27
    Conservative in California
    +3
    The 7 advisors approved one plan, then Salazar revised it, and said said the 7 advisors approved the revised plan with the 6 month moratorium. The 7 advisors never agreed to any such thing.

    Once again, Obama's corruption is exposed.

    Obama imposed the 6 month moratorium to destroy the private sector. Mission Accomplished.
  • Irisheyes Conserv... 2010/06/10 22:28:34
    Irisheyes
    +4
    Thanks for the clarification. They still lied.
  • Rodney Conserv... 2010/06/11 00:25:50
    Rodney
    +2
    Oh No, our leader, the left's messiah is a lying, corrupt scoundrel. Boo, hoo, boo, hoo! When is he going to run out of rope anyway?
  • No More Commies 2010/06/10 21:31:02
    No More Commies
    +4
    If Obama can curtail drilling it will mean larger profits for his Arab bosses.
  • Conserv... No More... 2010/06/10 21:43:52
    Conservative in California
    +3
    OPEC loves all of Obama's awful decisions
  • No More... Conserv... 2010/06/10 22:43:47 (edited)
    No More Commies
    +4
    Arab oil money paid for his education, Arab oil money got him elected and Arab oil money will be paying for his retirement. But bring up that he's 32% Arab and your a racist in a heartbeat.

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    For those that do not know. Kissing the Kings ring is a sign of servitude.
  • goatman112003 2010/06/10 21:00:57 (edited)
    goatman112003
    +3
    He makes his own rules as Obama wants to control entirely the oil industry by driving the price of energy up while at the same time put a bunch of people out of work to keep the pot boiling.
  • none 2010/06/10 20:22:47
    none
    +5
    It is a bad idea. Drilling has been going of for decades and although this disaster is terrible, it's the first of it's kind and there have been thousands of wells drilled. We need the jobs and the oil associated with off shore drilling.

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