Friday, July 9, 2010

Wildlife Agency Downplayed Oil Spill Risks

It seems that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service may have dropped the ball on this one and should have demanded a stricter review of the projects' safety risks.

"Documents show federal regulators concluded offshore oil drilling posed a low risk to endangered wildlife. The conclusion is at odds with scenes of pelicans fighting to survive the massive Gulf oil spill.

A September 2007 memo from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said large oil spills from Gulf drilling projects are "low-probability events" that weren't likely to affect brown pelicans, sea turtles and other endangered species at the time."

Read more over at News 4 JAX.


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