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)