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The Biden administration privately acknowledged in late April that a mathematical error is delaying the federal offshore oil and gas program, in a letter to industry leaders.
Richard Spinrad, the head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), said a subagency “discovered a miscalculation” that has caused a massive backlog in permitting, in the April 29 letter obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation. Spinrad acknowledged the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) — the subagency tasked with analyzing the impact of offshore drilling projects on wildlife — has used faulty modeling on such impacts and, as a result, overestimated wildlife effects, delaying permitting on existing leases. [Emphasis added.]
The article goes on to state the following:
“NMFS understands the concerns of industry and is working with [the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM)] to expeditiously develop … revised regulations,” Spinrad wrote in the letter to the National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA).
The report explains that NOIA, the American Petroleum Institute and the EnerGeo Alliance, had sent a letter on April 5 warning that energy producers had experienced significant permitting delays they need to conduct pre-drilling activity, including seismic surveying and geological exploration, in the Gulf of Mexico.
The Daily Caller notes that the Biden administration used the faulty information to implement regulations in April 2021.
A spokesperson for the Department of Commerce said in an email to the Daily Caller on Thursday, “NMFS is also engaged with affected members of industry and with industry trade associations as it considers both short-term and long-term solutions. The Commerce Department understands the concerns of industry and is working expeditiously to address the incorrect data it received for the initial rule and to proceed in earnest with the revised rule.”
On Tuesday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), along with 19 other Republican senators, blasted out a letter to the Department of Commerce over the “delay in issuing permits required to bring additional production online from existing federal oil and gas leases.”
“We urge you to stop the delay by immediately taking the steps outlined below,” they wrote.
“This permitting delay is principally due to three administration-made and admitted mistakes: (1) the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) inadvertently double-counted projected exposure estimates for activities on the OCS; (2) NMFS relied upon those miscalculations when developing a 2021 Final Rule to administer LOAs pursuant to the Marine Mammal Protection Act and the Endangered Species Act; and (3) NMFS overestimated the total expected encounters in the Gulf of Mexico of the species that were the subject of the 2021 Finale Rule,” the letter reads.
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— The Empowerment Alliance (@EmpoweringUSA) May 19, 2022
Deadline TODAY for public comment on the NOAA Fisheries & @BOEM Federal Survey Mitigation Implementation Strategy. Strategy to help mitigate impacts of #OffshoreWind energy development on our region’s federal surveys. Details: https://t.co/A6OCVdjn6y. pic.twitter.com/9C65DkvUtu
— NOAAFish_NEFSC (@NOAAFish_NEFSC) May 6, 2022
The Lease Now Act and the ONSHORE Act would immediately restart federal oil and gas leasing, while empowering states to manage their own energy development and production. 2/x
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) May 19, 2022
Oil and Gas permit delays are being caused by…a math error? https://t.co/2ixEq6NBER
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) May 19, 2022
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