BOEMRE issues first deep-water drilling permit since BP spill

Posted by on February 28, 2011 11:16 pm
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Houston’s Noble Energy got the green light today for the first deep-water drilling permit in the Gulf since the BP disaster. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement stated:

“This permit was issued for one simple reason: The operator successfully demonstrated that it can drill its deepwater well safely and that it is capable of containing a subsea blowout if it were to occur,” Bromwich told reporters during a teleconference. “We expect further deepwater permits to be approved in coming weeks and months based on the same process that led to the approval of this permit.”

Two weeks ago four large oil companies announced their new “spill containment system” which is a rapid response system which is superior to any current Gulf of Mexico response capabilities. Noble Energy’s CEO David Stover worked over months with service providers and others in the industry to make deep-water drilling safer. This is certainly welcome news and hopefully we will be on the way to having more of those 103 permits approved that have been sitting in limbo.

House Natural Resources Chair Doc Hastings (R-WA) issued this statement today:

WASHINGTON, D.C., February 28, 2011 – House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) released the following statement after the Interior Department announced the approval of Noble Energy’s deepwater drilling permit:

“Over four months after the deepwater drilling moratorium was officially lifted in the Gulf of Mexico, the Administration is finally issuing the first permit. While this is good news, today’s action alone isn’t enough. The Administration must immediately move ahead with issuing other permits and comply with the recent judicial decision ordering the Administration to act. This one new permit will not ease the economic pain being inflicted on Gulf families. Thousands of people are still out of work in the Gulf and the threat of four dollar gasoline is looming over our struggling economy. A robust all-of-the-above energy plan that includes increased offshore energy production is needed to put Americans back to work and help insulate America from energy price spikes caused by unstable foreign countries.”

This is a good first step in making the US energy independent, however much more work needs to be done.

9 responses to BOEMRE issues first deep-water drilling permit since BP spill

  1. JadedByPolitics February 28th, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    I guess that possible $4 dollar a gallon gas is weighing heavily on those “greenfaced” Democrats…lol!

    • LadyImpactOhio March 1st, 2011 at 12:15 am

      Actually, I think it’s the $5/gallon projected that is scaring them.

      • Kenny Solomon March 1st, 2011 at 1:25 am

        How about $9, maybe $10.

        UK’s there now due to all the taxes…… The taxes that pay for that free and absolutely incredible healthcare system and the amazing in-countryjihad fighting and the phenome…… Oh…… Wait.

        PS…… The UK prices in Liters, not gallons. Yesterday, a gallon of gas in London was $9.35 USD.

        • CommonCents March 1st, 2011 at 2:30 am

          Obama is on record wanting gas prices as high as Europe.

          “In September 2008, he told the Wall Street Journal: “Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe.” Gas prices in Europe then averaged about $8 a gallon.”

          His utopia is more government control by forcing people in high density urban housing and depending on govt provided rail for transportation. Cars are freedom, low energy prices foster freedom.

          • nessa March 1st, 2011 at 2:31 am

            Once again Common Cents, you hit the nail on the head!!

          • janis March 1st, 2011 at 2:46 am

            Indeed, Common Cents. And welcome to Unified Patriots! How lovely to see you commenting. I’ll look forward to more writing from you.

          • eburke March 1st, 2011 at 3:19 am

            Hey CC! Good to see ya!

            Always good to see your..well…common cents around!

      • janis March 1st, 2011 at 2:53 am

        I hope so, LIO. Truly, it would be wonderful payback for the jiggering that went on with the gas prices before the ’08 election.

        You know what they say about payback…..:-)

        • LadyImpactOhio March 1st, 2011 at 4:11 am

          Yes.Janis. I know what they say about payback. Does that smiley-faced thingy work here? 😀

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