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BREAKING: New Gulf Coast Drilling Approved While BP Oil Spill Continues To Grow

BREAKING: New Gulf Coast Drilling Approved While BP Oil Spill Continues To Grow

Crude oil from the former Deepwater Horizon drilling platform has been gushing into the Gulf of Mexico for over a month, and many hoped that this disaster would help to prevent a resurgence of offshore drilling.

Although President Obama issued a moratorium on offshore drilling until the government and BP could get a handle on the current crisis, the Mineral Management Service (MMS) has found a loophole allowing some projects to continue.

Just days after the moratorium on wells in deep water (like the Deepwater Horizon) was extended, the president quietly lifted a brief ban on drilling in shallow water just last week.

Despite the launch of a full criminal and civil investigation by the Department of Justice, the MMS decided today to grant the permit, allowing Bandon Oil and Gas to start drilling just 50 miles off the coast of Louisiana.

“The new permit allows drilling in a water depth of 115 feet. Bandon Oil and Gas first sought the permit in April, shortly after the Deepwater Horizon operated by BP exploded and sank,” reports NOLA.com.

While many would like to believe the President’s assertion that “the first and foremost goal of the entire government is stopping the leak, containing and cleaning up the oil, and helping the people in this region get back on their feet and return to their normal lives,” this clandestine decision only marks him for increased criticism.

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Dark clouds of smoke and fire emerge as oil burns during a controlled fire in the Gulf of Mexico. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Justin E. Stumberg/Released)

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9:59AM PDT on Aug 16, 2010

ORCOO (www.orcoo.org -- OurRealCostOfOil -- a HoustonTX group) is holding a FUNERAL & MEMORIAL SERVICE for the GULF OF MEXICO this THURSDAY, 19AUG, 4-5pm (Funeral procession from City Hall to Chevron/Transco/Exxon/Shell,etc., dwntown) 5-6pm Memorial Service at City Hall. Y'all Come!

6:38AM PDT on Aug 6, 2010

EVERYONE PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION for offcoast drilling at
https://secure.avaaz.org/en/stop_offshore_drilling/?fp
and support this cause. We are literally almost at our goal so please lets have us push this so we can make an impact! Thanks everyone for reading this.

2:35PM PDT on Jun 23, 2010

Have you heard of the SQUID? Don’t nuke it, Don’t litter the oceans with oil-covered hay. Use a SQUID – Super-Quick Undersea Incident Device – contain the oil so it can be used and collected before it hurts the wildlife – we need to stop the oil from spreading – it should never be allowed to get to our coasts.

1:06AM PDT on Jun 10, 2010

Beth Buczynski, thanks for this informative posting. I've already signed both petitions and written the president on my opinion of no more drilling shallow or deep. After reading Claudia M's well researched comment I intend to write again. If everyone would do this it might make some impact! Our anger and finger pointing won't make a difference. Make notes on your facebook and e-mail everyone you know. Let's try to improve this horrific situation!!!

12:47PM PDT on Jun 9, 2010

Some people say to vote elected officials out. Hello! Do you remember what preceded this government? No matter what party, they are ALL the same crooks. And they will always do what they and their special interest buddies damn please.

12:42PM PDT on Jun 9, 2010

Connie R--Maybe you drive a tank and live in a huge house and are concerned with status symbols. I drive a little car, live in a little old house and do not give a s--t about status symbols, so do not blame me. I think it is always the government. In Europe, people do not drive tanks, they have a more socially just society and a very different mentality than the shallow, materialistic Americans. If the American government adopted better ways, there is nothing people could do, like there is nothing people can do before the corruption of the American government.

12:35PM PDT on Jun 9, 2010

It is hopeless. The world is run by gypsies, tramps, and thieves! And greedy bastards. I really do not understand how these people's minds work-or don't--They are ALL totally evil people.

9:05AM PDT on Jun 9, 2010

Weeks ago when all of this mess started, I read where Halliburon, TransOcean and BP were all third owners of this rig. Why isn't Halliburton and TransOcean having to pay their share of the monies??? Old "Duck" Cheney and Bush are no longer in control in Washington, so Halliburton should not be on a pedestal any longer! Haven't they bled us long enough? Isn't it time they started paying?

8:21PM PDT on Jun 7, 2010

The Planet is being destroyed, and will be worse than ever in time, at the rate the human race is rushing to destroy everything that nature has provided for us.. we will have nothing left.. no clean air to breathe--no clean water to use for basic needs.. and no wildlife, not eco systems.. and as a result NO MORE US!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SO IT SEEMS NO ONE REALLY GIVES A RATZ BECAUSE NO ONE IS WILLING TO CHANGE THIER WAYS.. IF EVERYONE PERSON.. ONLY DROVE 1-2 PER WEEK, USED WAY LESS WATER AND SOURCES OF ENERGY.. RECYCLED ALL PLASTIC.. ESPECIALLY.. WE MIGHT SAVE OUR GREAT MOTHER EARTH.. WHO IS DYING RIGHT BEFORE OUR EYES.. WE ARE LEAVING OUR KIDS.. AND GRANDKIDS NOTHING BUT A SAD TRADGEDY.. THAT THEY WILL HAVE TO FIX.. IF THEY EVEN SURVIVE LONG ENOUGH.. WE WILL SEE ALL FORMS OF THIS DEVASTATION VERY SOON..

8:07PM PDT on Jun 7, 2010

The Planet is being destroyed, and will be worse than ever in time, at the rate the human race is rushing to destroy everything that nature has provided for us.. we will have nothing left.. no clean air to breathe--no clean water to use for basic needs.. and no wildlife, not eco systems.. and as a result NO MORE US!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SO IT SEEMS NO ONE REALLY GIVES A RATZ BECAUSE NO ONE IS WILLING TO CHANGE THIER WAYS.. IF EVERYONE PERSON.. ONLY DROVE 1-2 PER WEEK, USED WAY LESS WATER AND SOURCES OF ENERGY.. RECYCLED ALL PLASTIC.. ESPECIALLY.. WE MIGHT SAVE OUR GREAT MOTHER EARTH.. WHO IS DYING RIGHT BEFORE OUR EYES.. WE ARE LEAVING OUR KIDS.. AND GRANDKIDS NOTHING BUT A SAD TRADGEDY.. THAT THEY WILL HAVE TO FIX.. IF THEY EVEN SURVIVE LONG ENOUGH.. WE WILL SEE ALL FORMS OF THIS DEVASTATION VERY SOON..

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