April 21, 2011
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement director Michael Bromwich this week complained of “sniping from certain public officials and industry trade associations” who call out the Obama administration for crippling oil exploration in the Gulf of Mexico.
Bromwich should spend less time trying to silence public criticism and more time actually approving drilling permits.
At the very least, he should get his story straight. On the one hand, Bromwich says drilling permits are not being delayed. On the other hand, he says Congress is not providing the funding his department needs to approve permits in a timely fashion.
Which is it?
This bureaucratic double-talk would be laughable if thousands of Gulf workers weren’t sitting idle, or if Americans weren’t paying $4 a gallon for gasoline.
Americans are fed up with double talk, they’re tired of excuses, and they’re sick of bureaucrats making speeches instead of taking action. Americans can’t afford more permitting delays because they can’t afford $4-a-gallon gasoline.
There’s a way Bromwich could stop the criticism that seems to bother him so much. He could simply do his job.
President and CEO, Offshore Marine Service Association