The federal Minerals Management Service (M.M.S.) allowed dozens of oil companies, including BP, to drill in the Gulf of Mexico without required permits from the agency that assess threats to endangered species. This occurred despite strong warnings that drilling would likely have a negative impact to the environment.
The M.M.S. also frequently overruled staff biologists and engineers who raised concerns over the drilling proposals in the Gulf and Alaska.
The scientists also reported that agency officials often pressured them to change their findings on internal studies if the findings were negative.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration accused the M.M.S, in a September 2009 letter, of a pattern of minimizing the chance and potential consequences of a major gulf spill.
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The American Power Act, the bipartisan climate and energy bill crafted by Senators John Kerry (D-Mass.), Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.), and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), will be unveiled today absent the support of Senator Lindsey Graham who backed out earlier this month.
The bill has been welcomed by 21 prominent environmental groups including Al Gore’s Alliance for Climate Protection and the National Audubon Society.
Other groups, however, scorn the bill because it will override more aggressive state programs and existing Clean Air Act Efforts.
The Center for Biological Diversity claims that the bill “moves us one baby step forward and at least three giant steps back.”
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