Talk about a smoking gun, it seems that the Obama Administration did not believe an accident of the magnitude of the one still occurring in the Gulf of Mexico and granted BP Oil an exemption from the National Environmental Policy Act.
From the Washington Post:
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 is the National Environmental Policy Act?
According to the EPA website:
The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires federal agencies to integrate environmental values into their decision making processes by considering the environmental impacts of their proposed actions and reasonable alternatives to those actions.
To meet NEPA requirements federal agencies prepare a detailed statement known as an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). EPA reviews and comments on EISs prepared by other federal agencies, maintains a national filing system for all EISs, and assures that its own actions comply with NEPA.
It seems the Environmental Wonders in the Obama Administration failed to predict the inevitable. It’s hard to blame BP for doing what the Obama Administration allowed them to do!