12 October 2010 Deepwater drilling moratorium lifted prematurely, threats to wildlife left unaddressed Posted by: Caitlin Leutwiler | 1 comment | Share: Oiled Pelican (Copyright AP / Charlie Riedel) The Obama administration today lifted its moratorium on deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, more than a month before the scheduled end date. The administration has not adequately addressed failures to comply with environmental laws such as the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the Endangered Species Act. Richard Charter, offshore drilling expert and senior policy advisor for Defenders of Wildlife said, “It is premature to lift the deepwater drilling moratorium in the Gulf. Although the increased safety and spill response requirements imposed by Interior Secretary Salazar are important, there are still no new measures in place to protect species such as endangered sea turtles and sperm whales, and imperiled bluefin tuna.” “Before Secretary Salazar approves any applications to resume drilling, potentially opening the Gulf up to future environmental disasters, he must ensure that the potential impacts on wildlife have been fully evaluated and strong measures are in place to protect them.” “Although the increased safety and spill response requirements imposed by Interior Secretary Salazar are important, there are still no new measures in place to protect species such as endangered sea turtles and sperm whales, and imperiled bluefin tuna.” “The potential resumption of deepwater drilling in the Gulf makes it increasingly critical for Congress to pass legislation that ensures safer operations in any water depth, provides better spill response, lifts the grossly inadequate liability cap currently in place and secures funding for restoration efforts in the Gulf. The Obama administration should push the Senate to act and remain steadfast in its efforts to ensure that there will be no repeats of last summer’s disaster in the Gulf.” Read more about the lifting of the moratorium. Ask your Senators to pass comprehensive legislation to promote clean energy. One Response to “Deepwater drilling moratorium lifted prematurely, threats to wildlife left unaddressed” Post Your Comment Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in A Bat on the Brink The USFWS needs to to list the northern long-eared bat as endangered to give it the federal protection it deserves. Wolf Weekly Wrap Up Still Time to Submit Comments In Opposition To Harmful Mexican Wolf Rule; Discussion over Montana’s Wolf Conservation Stamp Heats Up; Our View: What is a Coywolf? Consider the manatee: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plans to review ‘Endangered’ status The future of the Florida manatee is in the hands of USFWS, who is considering downlisting the endangered species.