WH commission study says drilling ban no longer needed

posted at 4:02 pm on August 27, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

While the Obama administration pursues legal options to keep its offshore drilling moratorium in place, a study for its Gulf commission says the need for it has already passed.  The presidential commission on the Gulf spill requested the study after numerous complaints about the arbitrary and capricious nature of a six-month blanket ban on drilling in the Gulf based on the one catastrophe, a ban that will eliminate 23,000 jobs that the US and the region can scarcely afford to lose.  Not only are those losses critical, they are also unnecessary, according to the study:

President Barack Obama’s moratorium on deep-water drilling is no longer needed because new rules reduce the risk of an uncontrolled spill, according to a report for a panel investigating BP Plc’s blowout.

Rules issued in June by the Interior Department “provide an adequate margin of safety to responsibly allow the resumption of deep-water drilling,” according to the report today from the Bipartisan Policy Center, a Washington-based research group. The rules, if followed by BP, Apache Corp. and other drillers, and enforced by regulators, “will achieve a significant and beneficial reduction of risk.”

The report was prepared for the presidential commission investigating the BP spill. Its leaders, former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator William Reilly and former Democratic Senator Bob Graham of Florida, have questioned the need for the moratorium, which is scheduled to expire Nov. 30.

“It confirms what we’ve been saying in Louisiana, that a six-month moratorium is arbitrary and capricious,” Louisiana Lieutenant Governor Scott Angelle, a Democrat, said today in an interview. The rules “have created an environment where a bipartisan, independent group says we can get back to work. We need to start issuing permits.”

When will the White House lift the moratorium?  Not any time soon, apparently.  Despite requesting the study, the presidential commission refused to endorse its findings, at least not immediately.  Michael Bromwich wants to wait until public hearings into the disaster are concluded, which means the ban won’t get lifted until at least the end of September.

So now we have a court that determined that the Obama administration didn’t have a rational basis for its blanket moratorium.  A study requested by the White House’s own panel confirms that the six-month ban is unnecessary.  Why didn’t the ban get lifted immediately?  People in the Gulf need to get back to work, and this White House wants to do nothing but talk.


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Drill baby drill!

Brian1972 on August 27, 2010 at 4:03 PM

So now we have a court that determined that the Obama administration didn’t have a rational basis for its blanket moratorium. A study requested by the White House’s own panel confirms that the six-month ban is unnecessary. Why didn’t the ban get lifted immediately? People in the Gulf need to get back to work, and this White House wants to do nothing but talk.

Silly, he’s on vacation.

Duh.

BobMbx on August 27, 2010 at 4:06 PM

Doing the right thing by lifting the ban would mean that the WH looks at issues irrespective of politics and just what’s best for the country.

They’ve never done that before, why are they going to start now?

Chip on August 27, 2010 at 4:08 PM

People in the Gulf need to get back to work, and this White House wants to do nothing but talk.

Isn’t that all he did during the spill? Looks consistent to me…consistently stupid and anti-American.

Extrafishy on August 27, 2010 at 4:09 PM

Obama: (fingers in ears)
La-la-la-la. BP is bad. Big Oil is bad. I gotta kick @$$.
La-la-la-la. BP is bad. Big Oil is bad. I gotta kick @$$.
La-la-la-la. BP is bad. Big Oil is bad. I gotta kick @$$.
Hey, any shrimp left in the Gulf?

Steve Z on August 27, 2010 at 4:10 PM

Vacationer-In-Chief

SnowSun on August 27, 2010 at 4:11 PM

So now we have a court that determined that the Obama administration didn’t have a rational basis for its blanket moratorium.

He has an irrational basis for it, and that’s good enough for him. He hates oil.

zmdavid on August 27, 2010 at 4:11 PM

Wasn’t the whole purpose of the ban to dtermine the cause of the Deepwater Horizon explosion? The exact cause may never be found no matter how many new rules and regulations are put in place. Start the drilling now!!

fourdeucer on August 27, 2010 at 4:13 PM

Never was necessary, only to take more control of the economy, and to depress it further. There are after all over 40,000 wells in the gulf dating back to the 1940′s and this was the only U.S. problem well.

tim c on August 27, 2010 at 4:13 PM

Look, it’s either lift the ban or eat shrimp.

Multitasking is like, hard, and stuff.

mudskipper on August 27, 2010 at 4:14 PM

Don’t forget we need permits, too!

Please?

tomg51 on August 27, 2010 at 4:14 PM

Hey libs, cry a little harder, Obama needs some brine for all that shrimp.

Monica on August 27, 2010 at 4:14 PM

Let them eat waffles

tomg51 on August 27, 2010 at 4:16 PM

All these things that Obama is doing, be it porkulus, finance “reform”, cap & tax, or drilling moratorium, you would be incorrect to assume that he has any interest in fixing this economy. What he and his fellow Marxists plan on doing is to control the economy. Americans are wising up to this, and it is going down in flames come November….unless the Republicans screw it up (which can not ever be counted out).

If I was a betting man, I’d bet that the drilling ban stays in effect until after the elections at least.

simkeith on August 27, 2010 at 4:18 PM

Time for another Green Agenda speech

Kini on August 27, 2010 at 4:21 PM

So now we have a court that determined that the Obama administration didn’t have a rational basis for its blanket moratorium. A study requested by the White House’s own panel confirms that the six-month ban is unnecessary.

Let’s not forget that the Obama Administration fudged the report presented for review to a panel of experts before the ban was implemented:

the latest blowback comes from seven angry experts from the National Academy of Engineering who say their views were distorted to justify the ban.

pain train on August 27, 2010 at 4:23 PM

WH commission study says drilling ban no longer needed

Doesn’t matter, the King has spoken. He does not want the peasants to drill, so there will be no drilling.

As they used to say in the days of Ramses, “So shall it be written, so shall it be done.

UltimateBob on August 27, 2010 at 4:26 PM

“Hey. We’re doing shrimp here.”
Randy

williars on August 27, 2010 at 4:28 PM

Personally, I hope the ban stays in place because I believe the vast majority of the folks losing work here are ones who typically vote Democrat. Obama’s sinking his own party with this ban … a few more weeks without jobs and I’m sure he’ll turn these guys into solid Republicans.

HondaV65 on August 27, 2010 at 4:29 PM

Doesn’t matter, the King has spoken.
UltimateBob on August 27, 2010 at 4:26 PM

Or you could say the Caliph has spoken.

fourdeucer on August 27, 2010 at 4:30 PM

Umm, didn’t the commission who did the initial study make no recommendation of a moratorium? And when asked about it, didn’t they say the moratorium was a useless at best, harmful at worst, idea?

This isn’t a change of opinion, as much as it is another opinion that agrees with past pronouncements.

hawksruleva on August 27, 2010 at 4:31 PM

HondaV65 on August 27, 2010 at 4:29 PM

I don’t know, there are a lot of stupid people out there who will never get it.

Have you ever looked at the comments section of any article on CNN or the Huffington Post?

They’ll be blaming Bush and the Republicans into the next millennium.

UltimateBob on August 27, 2010 at 4:32 PM

Yes, but raising the price of gas and heating fuel make “green” energy sources seem more attractive.

29Victor on August 27, 2010 at 4:35 PM

This drilling ban no longer needed “study” finding coincides with the BP announcement that they need to remove the cap on the Gulf Gusher.

maverick muse on August 27, 2010 at 4:35 PM

I think Palin has a speaking engagement today or she would already have a facebook post up. Watch for one by tomorrow am.

huckleberryfriend on August 27, 2010 at 4:35 PM

Or you could say the Caliph has spoken.

fourdeucer on August 27, 2010 at 4:30 PM

Watch what you say or he might open a can of fatwah on you.

Monica on August 27, 2010 at 4:36 PM

An oil drilling ban never needed in the first place. A ploy by the Obowma administration to appease his environ-mental, and I mean mental, ists to stop offshore drilling for some imaginary fuel to run America.

Of course, the liberals would be the brokers of said imaginary fuel.

dthorny on August 27, 2010 at 4:37 PM

why didn’t they ban eggs…… how many billions of eggs are contaminated… threatening how many people…….

yep….. the moratorium on drilling is about protecting people!

Where Joe “you lie” when ya need him?

roflmao

donabernathy on August 27, 2010 at 4:38 PM

They’ll be blaming Bush and the Republicans into the next millennium.

UltimateBob on August 27, 2010 at 4:32 PM

Hopefully, we can stop (rightfully) blaming Obama in a couple of years after he’s gone, when the correcting conservative policies finally liberate the economy for a real robust recovery to begin. Then we can put this mess behind us.

He will surpass the Jimmah as the Worst ex-President in History, to go with the Worst President in History Medal he already has earned, halfway through his first, and only term.

Brian1972 on August 27, 2010 at 4:38 PM

Obama is going to New Orleans on Sunday so he will use this as his big announcement….

albill on August 27, 2010 at 4:38 PM

Look, it’s either lift the ban or eat shrimp.

Multitasking is like, hard, and stuff.

mudskipper on August 27, 2010 at 4:14 PM

Throw in a question on Iraq, Oh no, his head will explode.

dthorny on August 27, 2010 at 4:40 PM

Of course, the liberals would be the brokers of said imaginary fuel.

dthorny on August 27, 2010 at 4:37 PM

You laugh, but that fuel is known as “Uthane”.

(Made from unicorn farts)

BobMbx on August 27, 2010 at 4:40 PM

I think Palin has a speaking engagement today or she would already have a facebook post up. Watch for one by tomorrow am.

huckleberryfriend on August 27, 2010 at 4:35 PM

Actually I just checked FB and there are a couple of new posts there, but they’re about the Iraq war, not the drilling issue.

BTW, she also changed her profile pic. HAWT. :-)

I don’t know about any speaking engagements today, but I know she has one tomorrow morning in DC. And I will be there, hopefully very close to the stage.

UltimateBob on August 27, 2010 at 4:42 PM

It is one thing to lift the ban, but it is another thing to issue permits to not only drill, but to actually complete a well that is drilled, install flowline jumpers from wells and manifolds to pipelines, etc. A well can sit idle for a long time before it is completed and flowing. The longer they screw around on this the less offshore time I get and the more it hurts my earning potential. Just let the industry get back to work!

DAT60A3 on August 27, 2010 at 4:43 PM

Louisiana and Texas are Red States…. Obama hates us for that.

roux on August 27, 2010 at 4:45 PM

Ruh roh, trouble coming. WH won’t like this.

petefrt on August 27, 2010 at 4:55 PM

Louisiana and Texas are Red States…. Obama hates us for that.

roux on August 27, 2010 at 4:45 PM

Not only that, but Texas has positive job growth, a budget surplus, and is a right to work state (no union memberships required. Being prosperous without the Unions and government take overs is just irritating the hell out of him.

DAT60A3 on August 27, 2010 at 4:57 PM

So now we have a court that determined that the Obama administration didn’t have a rational basis for its blanket moratorium. A study requested by the White House’s own panel confirms that the six-month ban is unnecessary. Why didn’t the ban get lifted immediately? People in the Gulf need to get back to work, and this White House wants to do nothing but talk.

When the last drilling rig leaves the Gulf, that’s when the moratorium will be lifted, and not a moment sooner.

steveegg on August 27, 2010 at 5:14 PM

“You have the wrong opinion, please adjust it before I get back from my vacation.”

-PBHO

Bishop on August 27, 2010 at 5:34 PM

This is one of the things that the new Congress should impeach officials in Obama’s administration for.

LarryD on August 27, 2010 at 5:35 PM

Obama is going to New Orleans on Sunday so he will use this as his big announcement….

albill on August 27, 2010 at 4:38 PM

Nah, the clown is coming here to give $1.8 billion to the New Orleans school system from some sort of FEMA settlement. The local kneepad media has been all in a tizzy that there messiah is coming to ‘give them’ free money.

lukespapa on August 27, 2010 at 5:38 PM

The more people out of work, and the longer they go without work, makes them dependent on big government. All according to plan!!!

capejasmine on August 27, 2010 at 5:45 PM

The local kneepad media has been all in a tizzy that there messiah is coming to ‘give them’ free money.

lukespapa on August 27, 2010 at 5:38 PM

And free gas for their cars. Don’t forget the free gas.

petefrt on August 27, 2010 at 6:10 PM

Barry has no intention of lifting “his” moratorium. He’ll be happy as hell when gasoline moves into the $5/gal range.

GarandFan on August 27, 2010 at 6:26 PM

Well, don’t just sit there. Get back to drillin’!!!

eanax on August 27, 2010 at 6:42 PM

After we get rid of this POS, we will have to look at paying damages to oil drillers that were chased out of the gulf by this illegal order. That’s the next battle.

slickwillie2001 on August 27, 2010 at 8:40 PM

why didn’t they ban eggs…… how many billions of eggs are contaminated… threatening how many people…….

yep….. the moratorium on drilling is about protecting people!

Where Joe “you lie” when ya need him?

roflmao

donabernathy on August 27, 2010 at 4:38 PM

As spokesman for the Egg Coalition, I have to take exception to that. Eggs are perfectly safe if cooked properly (preferably with a couple beers ;-)

steveegg on August 27, 2010 at 11:55 PM

About the report (translated from the bureaucratish)

Regards,
Ric

warlocketx on August 30, 2010 at 5:22 PM