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Posted on Oct 12, 2010
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After clamping down and imposing a ban on offshore drilling in the wake of last spring’s disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced Tuesday that the moratorium is over and, as he put it, “We are open for business.”  —KA

The New York Times:

We have made and continue to make significant progress in reducing the risks associated with deepwater drilling,” Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said in announcing the step. Therefore, he said, “I have decided that it is now appropriate to lift the suspension on deepwater drilling for those operators that are able to clear the higher bar that we have set.”

Though the administration’s decision takes effect immediately, it may be weeks or months before drilling operations resume, because companies will first have to submit new permit applications showing they have complied with the tougher rules, and have their rigs inspected. Officials said that they expect at least some of the idle drilling rigs in the gulf to be at work again by the end of the year.

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By bogglesthemind, October 13, 2010 at 3:56 pm Link to this comment

I dislike off-shore drilling as much as the next guy but how else, unless we keep gas prices low, can the
millions of unemployed, in the decades ahead, afford to drive to the Unemployment Office to get their
checks?

On the other hand, after Nov 2 — there may not be Unemployment Insurance.

Oh, well . . . drill, baby, drill. Let’s keep the Oil Companies well oiled.

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By rico, suave, October 13, 2010 at 3:12 pm Link to this comment

Progressives like the concept of the superior wisdom of government. So the government, in its wisdom, allows resumption of offshore drilling. And we get complaints laced with charges that the politicians, i.e., the government, are in the pocket of Big Oil.

Once again progs- be careful what you wish for.

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By ocjim, October 13, 2010 at 2:32 pm Link to this comment

Was there any doubt that Obama would resume offshore drilling?

He is slightly to the left of W and tea party advocates.

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By felicity, October 13, 2010 at 7:55 am Link to this comment

The listed ‘ins’ are primarily ‘after-the-fact’
remedies, in other words, measures in place to deal
more effectively with a spill AFTER it occurs. (Before-
the-fact, prevention, seem to amount to little more
than drillers having to sign something promising never
to do it again?) 

I looked in vain for any mention of drillers having to
dig relief wells in conjunction with drilling wells.
Canada requires them but, then again, Canadian
politicians are not owned by Big Oil.

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By FRTothus, October 12, 2010 at 6:37 pm Link to this comment

What other animal shits where it eats and thinks
nothing of it?

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By SoTexGuy, October 12, 2010 at 5:36 pm Link to this comment

Ken Salazar has decided!? Hoo boy! I feel so much more at ease..

Meanwhile a new ‘normalcy’ has evolved over much of the Gulf coast affected by the big spill.. the news cameras move on and the fact that the Gulf of Mexico and the oceans worldwide are now somewhat changed, somewhat less that prior to this latest ‘accident’, big deal… “look! there are still birds, still shellfish and more.. what was the fuss about anyway”?

How many such changes before a lasting and pervasive catastrophe is accomplished? Who knows and who cares? .. let’s make hay (petrochemicals) while we can!

Party on!

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