On this case, an order of magnitude increased would mean the volume of oil coming from the well could be 10 times increased than the 5,000 barrels a day coming out now.
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Ask a Lawyer. The choice by the department’s Minerals Management Service (MMS) to present BP’s lease at Deepwater Horizon a “categorical exclusion” from the Nationwide Environmental Coverage Act (NEPA) on April 6, 2009 – and BP’s lobbying efforts just 11 days before the explosion to increase these exemptions – show that neither federal regulators nor the company anticipated an accident of the scale of the one unfolding in the gulf.
Only after the magnitude of the catastrophe became evident did Obama order Homeland Safety Secretary Janet Napolitano to declare the oil catastrophe a “nationwide safety difficulty.” Though the Coast Guard and FEMA are part of her division, Napolitano’s actual reasoning for … Read the rest