Report on U.S. Marine Sanctuary Oil Drilling Sent to White House, Not Released to Public

U.S. Commerce Department Secretary Wilbur Ross sent a report to the White House on Wednesday containing recommendations on whether to change the boundaries of 11 marine sanctuaries to allow more oil and gas drilling, but the report was not made public. Commerce reviewed sanctuaries containing 425 million acres of coral reefs, marine mammal habitats and pristine beaches, as part of an administration strategy to open new areas to oil and gas drilling. click here to read the story 07:18

  • DickyG

    Oh! Surprise, Surprise! You mean that these Marine “Sanctuaries” might not have been about stopping the reckless fishermen from dragging and destroying their livelihood nets over jaggedy-ass, rare, ancient, thousand year old, irreplaceable corals, in 3000 to 4000 feet of water? Could the oil Barons have engineered this little coup, right from the jump, through their minion eco-NGOs like Oceana and EDF—for some future potential drilling (after new advanced technology makes it absolutely safe, of course)? Could it be that these phony Marine Reserves were really about the oil companies’ still-in-the-ground “proved Reserves” requirements, securing their stock values through registering with the S.E.C. their future oil and gas exploits (whether they actually execute the projects or not, they need to prove “booked reserves” some 5 years into the future or their stock price falters)?
    Fishermen/women have seen this coming for years! They sure knew it wasn’t about fishing—’cause nobody could fish on the “Canyon Corals”—and that’s not where the fish are anyway!. Anyone who knows anything about the ocean, or anyone who has a shred of integrity, or who cares about FOOD security more than “energy security” (read oil company “profit security”) might also have noticed this eco-govt.-big oil bizz scam?
    PS, if you are not convinced about the sheer power of the oil companies and how they aggressively direct national and world policy, don’t take my word for it—please check out a well researched and very well referenced work by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Steve Coll, called “Private Empire: Exxon-Mobil and American Power”, Penguin Press, New York, NY 2012.