The green-lighting of BP.
The Minerals Management Service (MMS), a division of the Interior Department, has downplayed environmental impacts of offshore drilling before. Writes the Post: "In one assessment, the agency estimated that "a large oil spill" from a platform would not exceed a total of 1,500 barrels and that a "deepwater spill," occurring "offshore of the inner Continental shelf," would not reach the coast. In another assessment, it defined the most likely large spill as totaling 4,600 barrels and forecast that it would largely dissipate within 10 days and would be unlikely to make landfall."
More than 3 million gallons of crude and counting have since gushed into the Gulf.
Calls for Salazar's resignation have increased in light of these revelations.
SOURCES: Center for Biological Diversity; Washington Post.
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|Date:||May 11, 2010|
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