Former superintendent of Colorado National Monument says new planning process is means to a pre-determined end
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY — National park conservation advocates and retired park employees say they’ll carefully watch an upcoming planning process at Colorado National Monument that may have been spurred by pressure from elected officials and special interests.
In a press release, regional NPS director John Wessels said the plan “will bring greater transparency to our decision-making process, and will draw upon the community’s knowledge and connections to the monument to inform our decisions on future activities.”
BP, feds and some media downplay rate of oil spewing from broken pipe; TV crew chased from oil-stained beach hear this: “… this is BP’s rules, not ours …”
By Bob Berwyn
Since I reported on reforms to the BLM’s onshore oil and gas leasing program yesterday, my first mouse click this morning was on a Denver Post Twitter link to a story about more changes to the way the federal government manages energy production on public lands — your lands, and my lands.
The Post reported that the interior department will split the discredited Minerals Management Service into three parts to try and resolve the agency’s conflicting missions. So far, so good. But high in the story, in the second paragraph to be exact, I found this sentence:
“MMS, which oversees offshore oil drilling, has been criticized for its oversight of the BP drilling platform that exploded April 20 and has been spewing about 5,000 barrels of oil a day into the Gulf of Mexico.”
The problem is, there is more and more evidence that the rate of oil spilling from the broken pipe is far higher than those early estimates — perhaps 10 times as high, according to this report from NPR.