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A sixty-page memorandum addressed to Renee Orr, the chief of the leasing division of the Minerals Management Service (MMS), was sent in September 2009 by an environmental investigator, warning of potential disaster in offshore drilling operations and the particular dangers posed by gas hydrates.
It was written as a public comment to the federal government's proposed rule for oil and gas leasing between 2010 and 2015 on the outer continental shelf, and offers a wide-ranging compilation and analysis, based on meticulously documented scientific, industry and government sources, of many accident
Originally posted by muzzleflash
And I have this gut instinct that someone was taking some bribes.
MMS -Minerals Management Services Head -Resigns
US Government heads and Directors are also at fault for allowing BP Oil to drill in this manner, without safety precautions without backup plans for emergencies at 5000 foot depths. The Associate Director who just resigned or retired is Chris Oynes who has been in charge and a part of MMS head executives for the past twelve years.
The Minerals Management Services is the government body that is responsible for all offshore drilling on the outer continental shelf. The head of this organization namely Chris Oynes who in 2007 almost 4 years ago was made the Director of the Offshore Energy and Minerals Management Program.
Fat Cats at MMS Got Bribed by BP Oil- Chris Oynes-Resigns Before Investigation- Head of MMS and OffShore Drilling
This is the man who just resigned from his position because he was the person responsible for administering the gas and oil programs and oddly enough the same person connected with developing new sources of energy.Mr. Oynes has been the Regional Director of MMS for the Gulf of Mexico region for 12 years and would be a central figure in the negotiations between BP Oil and the US government in obtaining leases for off shore drilling.
Mr. Chris Oynes has also negotiated 30 lease sales for drilling as well he had the responsibility of a fifty percent rise in oil production in the Gulf. It would not take a brian surgeon to figure out this guy was on the take. Oynes even gave Horizon a certificate award for safety last year. Mr. Oynes is the key man for the government and he knew the ins and outs of offshore drilling leases, operational safeguards, resources, environmental reviews and is considered the expert during the Bush administration.
The federal agency responsible for regulating U.S. offshore oil drilling repeatedly ignored warnings from government scientists about environmental risks in its push to approve energy exploration activities quickly, according to numerous documents and interviews.
Minerals Management Service officials, who can receive cash bonuses in the thousands of dollars based in large part on meeting federal deadlines for leasing offshore oil and gas exploration, frequently changed documents and bypassed legal requirements aimed at protecting the marine environment, the documents show.
This has dramatically weakened the scientific checks on offshore drilling that were established under landmark laws such as the Marine Mammal Protection Act and the National Environmental Policy Act, say those who have worked with the MMS, which is part of the Interior Department.
Years before the Gulf of Mexico became witness to the nightmare scenario of an unstoppable volcano of crude oil gushing from an unplugged oil well deep beneath the ocean, both the oil industry and the federal agency charged with monitoring seabed drilling off America's coasts knew the last-ditch "failsafe" technology intended to prevent just this sort of catastrophe might not work.
A 2002 mini-study of so-called shear rams -- devices designed to cut and seal oil wells in the event of a cataclysmic blowout -- found that in real world tests, two out of seven (nearly 30 percent) of the rams didn't work. The study further warned that "when operational considerations were accounted for, shearing success dropped to three out of six."