The new Director of Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (OEMRE) (sheesh!) Michael Bromwich said yesterday that the Obama Administration is looking at the possibility of ending the deep water drilling moratorium “significantly” earlier than the Nov. 30 expiration date. This is in response to the uproar from Gulf State lawmakers (most from the radicalized Republican Party) that it is killing jobs.
"Originally posted at Squarestate.net"
From the Washington Post article:
In addition to addressing the controversial moratorium, which several oil industry officials and Gulf Coast lawmakers have criticized for delivering an economic blow to the region, Bromwich laid out his vision for creating an assertive federal agency that will police offshore drilling across the country. He noted he has asked the Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to lend him prosecutors and agents, respectively, and he is hiring from the private sector to staff an investigations and review unit of eight to 10 people that will explore allegations of wrongdoing within the agency and the drilling industry.
"We have a caseload already and we’re working on it," he said. "We will conduct an aggressive investigation of oil and gas company and enforcement of regulations, which has not been a hallmark of this agency in the past."
Bromwich’s agency — the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement — is also drafting new recusal rules for its employees to ensure an arm’s length relationship between regulators and those they oversee, he said, adding there is both the perception and reality that "especially in the Gulf region, there’s a limited pool from which we can draw from" in terms of regulators. "That’s problematic, for a variety of reasons."