The Interior Department’s Inspector General confirms what we already knew—that the White House altered a report that justified Secretariat Salazarovich’s deepwater drilling moratorium to make it appear that an independent panel of drilling experts and scientists concurred with the six month ban on new deepwater exploration efforts.
We knew back in June, just weeks after the moratorium was announced, that the drilling ban was all about politics and nothing about science or safety.
From the Associated Press, via NOLA.com:
The Interior Department's inspector general says the changes resulted "in the implication that the moratorium recommendation had been peer reviewed." But it hadn't been.
Still, the report said the administration did not violate federal rules because it had offered a formal apology and already publicly clarified the nature of the expert review.
Politico has a copy of the IG’s report online. Here’s the key quote from the report:
The IG gives the regime a pass, blaming “rush editing” and failing to lay the more damaging—and more likely—charge that the White House deliberately misled the country by making the report appear to have the backing of an independent panel of experts.
Whether you believe the regime’s actions were born of malice or incompetence, the fact remains that the moratorium has cost between 8,000 and 12,000 jobs and $1.8 billion in direct economic activity associated with the oil and gas industry in the Gulf.
It’s an economic tragedy that didn’t need to happen.