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John Heilemann, who ran the EPA for nearly two years, has been in the job for less than six months, and has no experience doing environmental policymaking. He is now facing a new round of questions about how he handled the agency’s response to the BP Gulf spill.
I doubt that the oil spill could have been prevented if the EPA had done nothing differently. But a new report just in from the Natural Resources Defense Council shows that the agency did quite a lot differently than Biden was claiming in his speech.
Here are the key points:
The EPA took action on the BP oil spill in August 2010, more than a month after the blowout happened. That’s more than a year later. In that year, the EPA issued 16 orders, regulations and rulings directing BP to take steps to reduce the spill’s impact in the Gulf of Mexico. Only two of those orders have been finalized and published, and both involved restrictions on BP’s ability to drill for oil in the area.
Three of those orders had major provisions to reduce the environmental impact of the spill. EPA took steps to ensure that BP’s oil would flow no further up the Mississippi River, limiting the likelihood of a blowout that would cause massive spills. EPA also required BP to cut its emissions of harmful air pollutants in the area and offered to hold BP accountable for its actions.
The last order that was finalized, and will be enforced, is an order that BP is required to remove all oil that is not immediately threatening public health and safety from the well sites in the oil spill zone.
Most of that oil is not hazardous. It’s just oil.
BP reported that the oil will not flow anymore, but it could actually be used to clean oil spills from other wells.
This means that the spill would be harmless – no more water than usual and no oil coming out of the well.
The EPA has not published any other order aimed specifically at the oil spill.
The agency issued two general orders aimed at protecting the marine environment and reducing marine pollution. BP was required to reduce the amount of oil entering the Gulf water, and to comply with the agency’