Permitoreum Update: Yes, you can have new permits, when…

posted at 5:15 pm on February 5, 2011 by Jazz Shaw

Ever since the unofficial Obama administration permitoreum began keeping the issuance of new gulf drilling permits effectively frozen, industry officials have been working overtime to meet each requirement and jump through every hoop demanded so they could return to work. Even though rigs have already begun leaving the gulf for lack of profitable activity, the major energy companies have continued efforts to work with the federal government to ensure that all safety considerations have been adequately addressed. On Friday, they received their answer.

The Obama administration’s top offshore drilling enforcer Friday asked major oil producers operating in the Gulf of Mexico to provide more details on plans to contain oil spills and runaway wells before the federal government will issue new permits to drill there.

The letters from Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement Director Michael Bromwich come amid criticism from energy producers and their congressional allies that the administration is slow-walking new offshore drilling permits in the wake of last year’s historic BP Gulf of Mexico spill.

He added that “once operators are able to submit information describing the equipment and systems that they would use in the event of a loss of well control for each operation for which a drilling permit is sought,” staff at BOEMRE will review that information when making a decision on a proposed deepwater drilling permit.

Back to the drawing board. Despite numerous investigations showing that the failure of the BP deep water rig last summer was the result of human error, and not some systemic lack of safety precautions, this letter puts the industry’s efforts effectively back to square one. The energy companies have made extensive and costly upgrades to their training procedures, as well as thorough reviews of all the equipment in use, but now it seems that BOEMRE wants them to do this work over again, essentially from scratch, for each specific drilling permit request.

The underlying signal here isn’t very subtle. You can have new drilling permits. Just stop by and ask for them in Hell. But be sure to bring a sweater.


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But if you need a waiver for healthcare and are ready to donate to the Dem party, step right up!

UnderstandingisPower on February 5, 2011 at 5:18 PM

You know who’d be a great Energy Secretary? Yes, Mitt Romney.

Bugler on February 5, 2011 at 5:19 PM

Ronald Reagan’s Birth Certificate

Nearly Nobody on February 5, 2011 at 5:20 PM

That road sign is for Hell, Michigan, just about a mile from where my Mom grew up on Gregory, Michigan. Awesomely awesome.

Jaibones on February 5, 2011 at 5:22 PM

The Feds are doing the same thing at the FDA when it comes to drugs, and at the USDA when it comes to food processing.

Skandia Recluse on February 5, 2011 at 5:23 PM

O/T:

http://newsflavor.com/politics/world-politics/white-house-insider-they-were-in-shock-at-the-presidents-behavior/#ixzz1D7mOzKFD

Something is brewing. H/T to ted c for the link. Its from Oct of 2010.

Geochelone on February 5, 2011 at 5:25 PM

Hasn’t the administration been found in contempt for failing to issue permits? Oh well, this administration does not care about jobs or the oil & gas industry. Green energy is all they are interested in even if it leads to increased unemployment and huge energy cost increases tp the poor.

bopbottle on February 5, 2011 at 5:25 PM

So, given that the judge has ruled the administration is acting in contempt of court, what does this latest dictat imply? Does this place the administration in contempt to the degree that a judge could order the issuance of permits in accordance with existing law and regulation and that if the administration fails to do so, the administrators responsible can be fined and jailed?

AZfederalist on February 5, 2011 at 5:26 PM

The industry needs to show that there are adequate golf courses nearby for Obama to visit in the event of a man-made photo op.

pedestrian on February 5, 2011 at 5:28 PM

I can’t stand this administration. While his stupid energy policies drive business and jobs out of America, he has the nerve to say this in his weekly radio address:

“Businesses have a responsibility, too,” said Obama in his weekly address on Saturday. “If we make America the best place to do business, businesses should make their mark in America. They should set up shop here, and hire our workers, and pay decent wages, and invest in the future of this nation. That’s their obligation.”

Maybe they would set up shop here, you freaking community organizer, if your goons weren’t chasing away every opportunity they can find!

Weight of Glory on February 5, 2011 at 5:34 PM

And it’s not just deep water drilling, the administration also hasn’t issued any permits for shallow water drilling either and they weren’t even covered in the moratoriums.

lowandslow on February 5, 2011 at 5:35 PM

Doing whatever he can to bring jobs./

CWforFreedom on February 5, 2011 at 5:35 PM

The Obama administration’s top offshore drilling enforcer Friday asked major oil producers operating in the Gulf of Mexico to provide more details on plans to contain oil spills and runaway wells before the federal government will issue new permits to drill there.

Provide more details? For whom? It’s already apparent that this current crop of Democrats do not, I say again, DO NOT read the stuff that is put in front of them. This is merely red tape to arrive at the conclusion of more drilling restrictions. The implication here is that if more details are provided, then eventually those details would be able to result in drilling. Yeah, right….when hell freezes over as jazz points out.

ted c on February 5, 2011 at 5:35 PM

You know who’d be a great Energy Secretary? Yes, Mitt Romney.

Bugler on February 5, 2011 at 5:19 PM

I think Romney’s expertise would better serve Health and Human Services.

gryphon202 on February 5, 2011 at 5:37 PM

The BHO administration has decided in more ways than one that it will not function as a branch of government as defined by the Constitution. There are no limits to BHO. See: EPA, SEC, et cetera.

Proponents of the BHO administration have readily admitted that there are only three branches of government. The House, the Senate and Obama’s White House.

Key West Reader on February 5, 2011 at 5:44 PM

I think Romney’s expertise would better serve Health and Human Services.

OK, you talked me into it.

Bugler on February 5, 2011 at 5:44 PM

The industry needs to show that there are adequate golf courses nearby for Obama to visit in the event of a man-made photo op.

pedestrian on February 5, 2011 at 5:28 PM

The planet of Mars returned your call. They ain’t interested. Neither are the twelve thousand golf courses run by senior citizens that reside in America.

Key West Reader on February 5, 2011 at 5:46 PM

ted c on February 5, 2011 at 5:35 PM

Psst.

Watch AIG and Chartis for news.

Key West Reader on February 5, 2011 at 5:49 PM

Watch AIG and Chartis for news.

Key West Reader on February 5, 2011 at 5:49 PM

say wha? esplain

ted c on February 5, 2011 at 5:51 PM

Yeah, Barry is going to “jog right”. How’s that working out for everyone?

GarandFan on February 5, 2011 at 6:06 PM

A word that means illegitimate male children comes to mind.

Buy Danish on February 5, 2011 at 6:12 PM

Our Congressman visiting last week allowed as how the House is listening very closely to The People and is scared shitless of the Tea Party. Bury your elected idiot in email and phone calls, Keep it simple.
DRILL NOW,the judges ruling gives them cover.

Col.John Wm. Reed on February 5, 2011 at 6:21 PM

With the events in Egypt, and the middle east, going on, it won’t be long before the price of oil becomes scarce.
Then what?

Kini on February 5, 2011 at 6:36 PM

Maybe the states should inform the EPA that any of its’ agents attempting to stop drilling will be arrested for acting illegally under color of law… and shot if they resist.

SDN on February 5, 2011 at 6:44 PM

Someone should find out more about Micheal Bromwich.

Pick a target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.

Kohath on February 5, 2011 at 7:29 PM

All according to plan…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlTxGHn4sH4

mizflame98 on February 5, 2011 at 7:32 PM

I would love for some company to propose a plan in their permit that would give specific details how Superman would be called upon to fly around the earth against it’s rotation to cause time to go in reverse and stopping any spill before it could start.

They should provide technical details of speed of light, relativity, etc.

Just to see if the plan would hold up.

ButterflyDragon on February 5, 2011 at 7:33 PM

I still have always been suspicious of how this spill occurred within weeks of Obama reversing himself and saying he’d open up new areas for offshore drilling. But then, aw shucks, and oil rig blew up and then, jeesh, can’t drill now. In fact, we have to stop all the drilling that was already going on. Boy, what a coincidence in timing.

JellyToast on February 5, 2011 at 7:41 PM

Sounds like Obama’s plan to bankrupt the fossil fuel industry is right on schedule…I can’t wait until all of his little socialist dreams come true and he reduces the US to a 3rd world country. I’m sure he’ll be the first sycophant to line up and plant his lips on the asses of our new Chinese leaders once we’ve been sold off.

Geministorm on February 5, 2011 at 8:13 PM

I want to know who decided that anything deeper than 500 feet is deepwater. It has been years since I have done any offshore work in less than 2500 feet of water. Most has been in 5000 feet or more. The oil industry is one of the safest industries in the world. I think that the biggest problem is that the oil and gas industry is not unionized. If these were union jobs going away, we would have immediate action from the government.

DAT60A3 on February 5, 2011 at 8:19 PM

What happened to Allah? Did I miss something? Is he on vacation? Did he leave?

YehuditTX on February 5, 2011 at 8:20 PM

@Dat60a3,

If the oil industry were unionized, how long would it be before the petroleum companies were lining up for a bail out to pay the pensions and ever rising costs of paying their union members? Never, they’d just move their business to another part of the world where they could more easily bribe the local government and pay the local workforce pennies on the dollar…unions aren’t the answer, they are a part of the problem.

Geministorm on February 5, 2011 at 8:27 PM

You know who’d be a great Energy Secretary? Yes, Mitt Romney.

Bugler on February 5, 2011 at 5:19 PM

I thought that was Palin’s domain?

I wouldn’t mind Mitt as president though.

scotash on February 5, 2011 at 8:32 PM

Another related story is that Canada’s PM Harper just recently presented a deal to build a pipeline from the Alberta oil sands source through the US all the way down to Texas. Already the “greenies” are fighting this plan even though it will open up more energy for our nation and provide myriad jobs. Will ObaMao seize this opportunity? Dont’ count on it.

onlineanalyst on February 5, 2011 at 8:55 PM

The underlying signal here isn’t very subtle. You can have new drilling permits. Just stop by and ask for them in Hell. But be sure to bring a sweater.

And that’s not Hell, Michgan either. That’s Hell, Hades.

steveegg on February 5, 2011 at 9:12 PM

onlineanalyst on February 5, 2011 at 8:55 PM

That plan is nothing new. First the pipeline extends to St. Louis and then another is to extend to Port Arthur, TX. Motiva (Shell/Saudi) refinery was planned and near completed expansion to be the largest in the U.S.

If I am not mistaken this crude would replace crude from Venezuela.

Kermit on February 5, 2011 at 9:37 PM

If the oil industry were unionized, how long would it be before the petroleum companies were lining up for a bail out to pay the pensions and ever rising costs of paying their union members? Never, they’d just move their business to another part of the world where they could more easily bribe the local government and pay the local workforce pennies on the dollar…unions aren’t the answer, they are a part of the problem.

Geministorm on February 5, 2011 at 8:27 PM

Exactly my point. We will never unionize because it will destroy our industry and livelihood. The government doesn’t seem concerned with the fact that they are destroying the industry, but they bend over backwards for any union.

DAT60A3 on February 5, 2011 at 9:38 PM

“once operators are able to submit information… ,” staff at BOEMRE will review that information when making a decision on a proposed deepwater drilling permit.

And then they will dream up new regulations to deny drilling permits until the next decade of hoops are jumped through.

Obama is determined to drive us into third world status with energy being both very scarce and very expensive.

RJL on February 5, 2011 at 9:52 PM

Well, since we are in the beginnings of a new ice age, “Hell” will be freezing over, in the last ice age the glacier even covered Hell central; the liberal Northeast including NYC. Can’t wait to see the Mayor on a snow machine wearing Mickey Boots!

Drill baby Drill! – Palin 2012

Done That on February 6, 2011 at 6:54 AM

Permitorium? Heck, lets cut to the chase ande name it what it is: permitgate!

Don L on February 6, 2011 at 8:17 AM

The oil industry didn’t grease enough palms.

Kissmygrits on February 6, 2011 at 9:00 AM

If I am not mistaken this crude would replace crude from Venezuela.

Kermit on February 5, 2011 at 9:37 PM

That’s a double win. No more US money to Chavez, and the only refineries that can handle Venezuela’s havy crude are in the US, so his market for oil is gone until China builds him a refinery that can use it. Bye-bye, Hugo.

iurockhead on February 6, 2011 at 11:50 AM

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement

I have never heard of such bureaucracy, it i probably oversees 10 others just like it…….government is just way to big.

tommer74 on February 6, 2011 at 4:44 PM

Doing whatever he can to bring jobs./
CWforFreedom on February 5, 2011 at 5:35 PM

I think said he would make “jobs” his number one priority!

Perhaps he meant “destroying jobs” is his number one priority!

DSchoen on February 7, 2011 at 3:42 AM

Maybe it’s time the Oil Industry stopped supplying the greater DC area with its products. Since Obama and co view oil products as evil and all.

LarryD on February 7, 2011 at 9:16 AM

BOEMRE isn’t issuing any drilling or work-over permits in the Gulf! Get this word out. Shallow water work is at a complete standstill. Not only is this killing the Gulf states’ economies, it’s depriving the nation of not only domestic oil and gas, but also 10s of millions in revenue from now-idle offshore leases. This is analogous to Rhodesian/Zimbabwean farmland confiscation and redistribution–took a fertile, bread-basket agrarian economy and turned it into a wasteland of starvation. Rolling blackouts in Texas? And not a peep in big media–the masses continue in ignorance. Idiocracy is here.

Ay Uaxe on February 7, 2011 at 3:51 PM