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Gulf Environmental Impact Study -- Exemption!

"The Interior Department exempted BP's calamitous Gulf of Mexico drilling operation from a detailed environmental impact analysis last year, according to government documents, after three reviews of the area concluded that a massive oil spill was unlikely."

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READ MORE: "US EXEMPTED BP'S GULF DRILLING FROM ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STUDY

According to Juliet Eilperin, in a report for the Washington Post May 5, 2010, "The Interior Department exempted BP's calamitous Gulf of Mexico drilling operation from a detailed environmental impact analysis last year, according to government documents, after three reviews of the area concluded that a massive oil spill was unlikely."

The decision by the department's Minerals Management Service (MMS) to give BP's lease at Deepwater Horizon a "categorical exclusion" from the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) on April 6, 2009 -- and BP's lobbying efforts just 11 days before the explosion to expand those exemptions -- show that neither federal regulators nor the company anticipated an accident of the scale of the one unfolding in the gulf.

What about the other 30,000 oil wells in the Gulf?

Read more... get informed about the political actions that affect our environment on such massive scales.



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