THE WHITE HOUSE ON PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN TRAIL
BILL CLINTON 1996 PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN IN SANTA BARBARA. CUTS. 14:33:40 BAD CREASED TAPE :34:16 PUSH IN CLINTON :35:03 HEAD ON - PULL BACK :36:53 POOL FEED :46:19 LOSERS IN SCARY MASKS POOL CUTS :50:04 CLINTON ON STAGE :50:36 PEOPLE IN TREE :50:46 PULL OUT WS - SCENIC VIEW OF MOUNTAINS AND PACIFIC OCEAN :55:12 NICE WIDE SHOT AUDIENCE - BLUE PACIFIC OCEAN IN BACKGROUND :58:55 ODD SHOT SHRIMP KEY CHAIN :59:14 MAN WITH WALRUS MUSTACHE, FLAG IN CAP 15:02:12 LEON PANETTA :10:24 TS CLINTON TALKING TO PERSON
1914 International Exposition San Francisco
b&w newsreel - c/u President William Taft with walrus mustache wearing hat that he then takes off, aerial over San Francisco, shots of fair ground under construction for the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco, huge statue strapped to cart
ANIMALS
SURVEILLANCE VIDEO FOOTAGE FROM PACIFIC TRADING COMPANY AS UNDERCOVER AGENT PURCHASES WALRUS IVORY & POLAR BEAR HIDES. BLURRED-OUT FACES, PIXILATED FACES
AIR-3 Digibeta; 35mm Neg (out of house)
AIR HOLLYWOOD #3
Aquarium du Québec: partnership with Océanopolis
Atlantique
BABY PACIFIC WALRUS AND ATLANTIC BOTTLENOSE DOLPHIN VNR
SEAWORLD IN TEXAS WELCOMES A BABY WALRUS AND BABY DOLPHIN TO THE PARK.
Guest: Sébastien ROUBINET, La Babouche
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ANIMAL POACHING
UNITED STATES (US) FISH AND WILDLIFE FTG FOR A STORY ABOUT ANIMAL POACHING. 00:32:46 NO BARS. EXT SILENT PAN OF DEAD ANIMAL, POLAR BEAR? HANGING FROM STICK. 00:33:05 MS SKULL. PAN TO WS HANGING BEAR. 00:33:09 WS AREA. ZOOM INTO SKULLS. VS SKULLS. VS ANIMAL HIDE. 00:33:53 VS ANIMAL TEETH W/ DRAWINGS OF ANIMALS ON THEM. 00:34:19 WS ANIMAL SKIN W/ SUPERIMPOSED TIMECODE. 00:34:30 PAN OF DEAD ANIMALS W/ TIME STAMP. 00:35:13 SLATE READING HEADLESS CARCASSES WITH BULLET HOLES WASHED ONTO BEACH. 00:35:22 EXT SILENT WS BEACH TAKEN FROM WITHIN MOVING VEHICLE W/ HEADLESS CARCASSES W/ BULLET HOLES. 00:35:50 CU SKIN W/ BULLET HOLE. ZOOM OUT FROM AND INTO IT. 00:36:07 CU ALIVE WOLF? DOG? 00:36:17 SIDE VIEW WS DEAD ANIMAL ON SHORE. 00:36:28 SLATE READING PACIFIC TRADING COMPANY COVERT STOREFRONT OPERATION. 00:36:39 EXT SILENT WS BUILDINGS. ZOOM INTO THEM. 00:36:49 CU SIGN READING PACIFIC TRADING COMPANY NATIVE CRAFTS / ART / IVORY. 00:37:01 INT WS OFFICE W/ IVORY AND ANIMAL HIDE. 00:37:47 MS IVORY SCULPTURES. PAN OF CASE FILLED W/ STATUES. 00:38:30 WS ROOM. PAN OF ROOM. 00:38:48 SLATE READING MARIJUANA PURCHASED BY US FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICES (USFWS) SPECIAL AGENTS DURING OPERATION WHITEOUT. 00:38:56 SILENT CU MARIJUANA W/ DATE STAMP. 00:39:17 SLATE READING UNDERCOVER PURCHASE OF WALRUS IVORY AND POLAR BEAR HIDES RECORDED BY SURVEILLANCE VIDEO CAMERA AT PACIFIC TRADING COMPANY. 00:39:26 INT NAT SOT HAS ROOM W/ PEOPLE'S FACES CONCEALED AS TRANSACTION TAKES PLACE. 00:43:23 SPLIT CS VO ABOUT WILDLIFE LAW ENFORCEMENT AND POACHERS. 00:11:22 BLANK TO END.
Senate / Gays In The Military / Hearing (1993)
Capitol Hill
COMMUNISM & RUSSIA
CU FEMALE MEMBER OF PRESIDIUM OF USSR SUPREME SOVIET, A CHUKCHI NATIVE (ESKIMO) BORN IN CHUTOTKA, (CHUKCHI PENINSULA (SIBERIA), NORTHERN EXTREMITY OF SOVIET ASIA) SPEAKS OF HOW HER PEOPLE MOVED DIRECTLY TO THE PRIMITIVE COMMUNAL SYSTEM TO SOCIALISM. AERIAL PAN SNOW COVERED HILLS, AND SHORES WHICH LIE BETWEEN TWO OCEANS. THE PACIFIC AND THE ARCTIC. "CHUKOTKA, 14000 METERS FROM MOSCOW". ARCTIC WAVES ROLLING INTO SHORE, PAN TO HERD OF HUGE WALRUS HUDDLED TOGETHER ON SHORE. TWO WALRUS BATTLE WITH TUSKS. THOUSANDS BIRDS TAKE FLIGHT ALONG JAGGED CLIFFS OF CHUKOTKA. HERD WALRUS CRAWL INTO ROUGH SEA EN MASSE.
ANIMAL POACHING
UNITED STATES (US) FISH AND WILDLIFE FTG FOR A STORY ABOUT ANIMAL POACHING. 00:32:46 NO BARS. EXT SILENT PAN OF DEAD ANIMAL, POLAR BEAR? HANGING FROM STICK. 00:33:05 MS SKULL. PAN TO WS HANGING BEAR. 00:33:09 WS AREA. ZOOM INTO SKULLS. VS SKULLS. VS ANIMAL HIDE. 00:33:53 VS ANIMAL TEETH W/ DRAWINGS OF ANIMALS ON THEM. 00:34:19 WS ANIMAL SKIN W/ SUPERIMPOSED TIMECODE. 00:34:30 PAN OF DEAD ANIMALS W/ TIME STAMP. 00:35:13 SLATE READING HEADLESS CARCASSES WITH BULLET HOLES WASHED ONTO BEACH. 00:35:22 EXT SILENT WS BEACH TAKEN FROM WITHIN MOVING VEHICLE W/ HEADLESS CARCASSES W/ BULLET HOLES. 00:35:50 CU SKIN W/ BULLET HOLE. ZOOM OUT FROM AND INTO IT. 00:36:07 CU ALIVE WOLF? DOG? 00:36:17 SIDE VIEW WS DEAD ANIMAL ON SHORE. 00:36:28 SLATE READING PACIFIC TRADING COMPANY COVERT STOREFRONT OPERATION. 00:36:39 EXT SILENT WS BUILDINGS. ZOOM INTO THEM. 00:36:49 CU SIGN READING PACIFIC TRADING COMPANY NATIVE CRAFTS / ART / IVORY. 00:37:01 INT WS OFFICE W/ IVORY AND ANIMAL HIDE. 00:37:47 MS IVORY SCULPTURES. PAN OF CASE FILLED W/ STATUES. 00:38:30 WS ROOM. PAN OF ROOM. 00:38:48 SLATE READING MARIJUANA PURCHASED BY US FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICES (USFWS) SPECIAL AGENTS DURING OPERATION WHITEOUT. 00:38:56 SILENT CU MARIJUANA W/ DATE STAMP. 00:39:17 SLATE READING UNDERCOVER PURCHASE OF WALRUS IVORY AND POLAR BEAR HIDES RECORDED BY SURVEILLANCE VIDEO CAMERA AT PACIFIC TRADING COMPANY. 00:39:26 INT NAT SOT HAS ROOM W/ PEOPLE'S FACES CONCEALED AS TRANSACTION TAKES PLACE. 00:43:23 SPLIT CS VO ABOUT WILDLIFE LAW ENFORCEMENT AND POACHERS. 00:11:22 BLANK TO END.
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ANIMAL POACHING
UNITED STATES (US) FISH AND WILDLIFE FTG FOR A STORY ABOUT ANIMAL POACHING. 00:32:46 NO BARS. EXT SILENT PAN OF DEAD ANIMAL, POLAR BEAR? HANGING FROM STICK. 00:33:05 MS SKULL. PAN TO WS HANGING BEAR. 00:33:09 WS AREA. ZOOM INTO SKULLS. VS SKULLS. VS ANIMAL HIDE. 00:33:53 VS ANIMAL TEETH W/ DRAWINGS OF ANIMALS ON THEM. 00:34:19 WS ANIMAL SKIN W/ SUPERIMPOSED TIMECODE. 00:34:30 PAN OF DEAD ANIMALS W/ TIME STAMP. 00:35:13 SLATE READING HEADLESS CARCASSES WITH BULLET HOLES WASHED ONTO BEACH. 00:35:22 EXT SILENT WS BEACH TAKEN FROM WITHIN MOVING VEHICLE W/ HEADLESS CARCASSES W/ BULLET HOLES. 00:35:50 CU SKIN W/ BULLET HOLE. ZOOM OUT FROM AND INTO IT. 00:36:07 CU ALIVE WOLF? DOG? 00:36:17 SIDE VIEW WS DEAD ANIMAL ON SHORE. 00:36:28 SLATE READING PACIFIC TRADING COMPANY COVERT STOREFRONT OPERATION. 00:36:39 EXT SILENT WS BUILDINGS. ZOOM INTO THEM. 00:36:49 CU SIGN READING PACIFIC TRADING COMPANY NATIVE CRAFTS / ART / IVORY. 00:37:01 INT WS OFFICE W/ IVORY AND ANIMAL HIDE. 00:37:47 MS IVORY SCULPTURES. PAN OF CASE FILLED W/ STATUES. 00:38:30 WS ROOM. PAN OF ROOM. 00:38:48 SLATE READING MARIJUANA PURCHASED BY US FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICES (USFWS) SPECIAL AGENTS DURING OPERATION WHITEOUT. 00:38:56 SILENT CU MARIJUANA W/ DATE STAMP. 00:39:17 SLATE READING UNDERCOVER PURCHASE OF WALRUS IVORY AND POLAR BEAR HIDES RECORDED BY SURVEILLANCE VIDEO CAMERA AT PACIFIC TRADING COMPANY. 00:39:26 INT NAT SOT HAS ROOM W/ PEOPLE'S FACES CONCEALED AS TRANSACTION TAKES PLACE. 00:43:23 SPLIT CS VO ABOUT WILDLIFE LAW ENFORCEMENT AND POACHERS. 00:11:22 BLANK TO END.
Bering Strait
FR3 / France 3
House Oversight & Government Reform Offshore Drilling Hrg - 1100 SWITCHED
The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform will hold a hearing to examine issues surrounding the Department of the Interior's oversight of offshore oil drilling, including issues regarding the reorganization of the Minerals Management Service (MMS). The hearing will also examine how the reorganization of MMS, now known as the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Regulation and Enforcement, will improve the oversight of the offshore oil and gas industry. The hearing will take place at 10:00 a.m. in room 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. SWITCHED CAMERA House Oversight and Government Reform with Ken Salazar, Michael Bromwich, the Interior IG, Charlotte Randolph, the president of Lafourche Parish, Louisiana and others 11:00:00 PRODUCTION OPERATIONS IN THE GULF THAT LACK FINAL PLANS UNTIL 11:00:03 AN INDEPENDENT THIRD PARTY IS PROVING THAT THEY ARE OPERAING 11:00:09 WITH COMPLETE SETS OF ENGINEER-APPROVED DRAWINGS FOR 11:00:13 THE ABOVE AND BELOW-SEA COMPONENT, MR. BROMWICH SOME 11:00:18 CONGRESSMAN, YOU ARE CORRECT THAT THERE IS AN INVESTIGATION 11:00:21 ONGOING. YOU ARE ALSO CORRECT THAT IT 11:00:22 WILL BE COMPLETED BY THE END OF SEPTEMBER. 11:00:24 I AM ADVISED THAT THERE IS A LETTER ON ITS WAY TO ME THAT 11:00:27 WILL UPDATE YOU AND OTHER INTERESTED MEMBERS OF THE 11:00:30 COMMITTEE WITH WHAT I ANTICIPATE WILL BE PRELIMINARY RESULTS OF 11:00:33 THAT INVESTIGATION. THE TRUTH IS I HAVE SPENT THE 11:00:36 BULK OF THE MONTH SINCE I CAME ONBOARD DEALING WITH VARIOUS 11:00:40 OFFSHOOTS OF THE DEEPWATER HORIZON MATTER. 11:00:43 SO I AM NOT AS FULLY AWARE OF THE ATLANTIS MATTER AS YOU WOULD 11:00:46 LIKE IT TO BE, BUT I WILL MAKE IT MY BUSINESS TO BECOME MORE 11:00:50 KNOWLEDGEABLE ABOUT IT AND BE HAPPY TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT IT 11:00:53 FURTHER IN THE NEAR FUTURE. MR. BROMWICH, I APPRECIATE 11:00:58 THAT RESPONSE, BUT IT WOULD BE USEFUL TO YOU TO REVIEW THE 11:01:02 LETTER SENT BACK IN FEBRUARY, FEBRUARY 20th, 2010, SIGNED BY 11:01:06 19 MEMBERS OF CONGRESS INCLUDING MYSELF WHICH PROVIDES A VERY 11:01:10 POWERFUL WARNING ABOUT THE CONSEQUENCES OF NOT HAVING AN 11:01:16 APPROPRIATE INSPECTION OF THE ISSUE RELATING TO ENGINEERING 11:01:23 PLANS AT THAT BP ATLANTIS PLATFORM. 11:01:25 I WILL REVIEW THAT. YOU UNDERSTAND THE CONCERN. 11:01:26 YOU ARE DEALING WITH A CATASTROPHE FROM THE LACK OF 11:01:30 APPROPRIATE OVERSIGHT AT DEEPWATER HORIZON. 11:01:32 WHAT I'M MAINTAINING TO YOU AND WHAT OTHER MEMBERS OF CONGRESS 11:01:37 HAVE ALL JOINED TOGETHER IN ASSERTING IS THAT LACK OF 11:01:40 APPROPRIATE OVERSIGHT ALSO EXISTS WITH RESPECT TO A BP 11:01:46 ATLANTIS PLATFORM WHICH COULD HAVE EVEN MORE CATASTROPHIC 11:01:53 IMPLICATIONS THAN THE DEEPWATER HORIZON DISASTER. 11:01:56 I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I YIELD BACK. 11:01:58 IF I MAY, MR. CHAIRMAN, CONGRESSMAN KUCINICH. 11:02:01 I MAY WANT TO SUPPLEMENT WITH WHAT DIRECTOR BROMWICH SAID BY 11:02:06 SAYING THE INVESTIGATION IS UNDER WAY AND HE WILL KEEP YOU 11:02:10 POSTED AS TO THE RESULTS OF THE INVESTIGATION. 11:02:12 NUMBER TWO, WE HAVE SENT INSPECTORS OUT INTO THE GULF TO 11:02:17 LOOK AT THE DRILLING AS WELL AS THE PRODUCTION PLATFORMS AND SO 11:02:21 THERE IS AN ONGOING INSPECTION EFFORT UNDER WAY AND NUMBER 11:02:24 THREE, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT SHOULD COME OUT OF THE LESSONS 11:02:28 LEARNED HERE IS YOU CANNOT HAVE 60 INSPECTORS HAVING THE 11:02:33 RESPONSIBILITY OF CONDUCTING THE MASSIVE JOB THAT HAS BEEN 11:02:36 ASSIGNED TO THESE INSPECTORS AND THAT IS WHY THERE IS A BUDGET 11:02:41 AMENDMENT IN FRONT OF THE CONGRESS TO BEEF UP THE LEVEL OF 11:02:44 INSPECTION AND INVESTIGATION CAPABILITY WITHIN THE AGENCY. 11:02:47 MR. CHAIRMAN, I JUST WANT THIS COMMITTEE TO BE ON NOTICE 11:02:50 THAT WE'VE GOT TO FIND OUT WHETHER BP HAS CERTIFIED 11:02:54 AS-BUILT DRAWINGS ON FILE. THIS IS A SERIOUS MATTER 11:02:59 ESPECIALLY IN LIGHT OF DEEPWATER HORIZON. 11:03:01 THANK YOU. GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. 11:03:03 I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, 11:03:06 CONGRESSMAN MICA. WE APPRECIATE YOU BEING HERE, 11:03:09 MR. SECRETARY. I RAISE SOME QUESTIONS IN MY 11:03:13 COUPLE OF MINUTES OF THE OPENING STATEMENT. 11:03:15 I THINK EVERYONE HAS TO BE BAFFLED BY THE ADMINISTRATION'S 11:03:18 DEVELOPMENT OF POLICY. YOU WERE ONE OF THE FIRST PEOPLE 11:03:22 NOMINATED, I THINK BACK BY THE PRESIDENT. 11:03:26 PEOPLE WERE PLEASED. WE HAD SOMEONE FROM THE CONGRESS 11:03:29 AND YOUR EXPERIENCE FROM THE POSITION. 11:03:31 SO YOU CAME IN IN 2009. YOU HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO 11:03:35 DEVELOP BUDGET AND POLICY, I WOULD IMAGINE, AND I WAS KIND OF 11:03:40 SHOCKED AGAIN WHEN THE STAFF GAVE ME THE BUDGET AND IT SHOWED 11:03:45 CUTS LIKE $2 MILLION IN THE MINERAL MANAGEMENT ENVIRONMENTAL 11:03:51 PERMIT ACTIVITY THAT WAS PROPOSED BY YOUR AGENCY. 11:03:53 DID YOU PARTICIPATE IN MAKING DECISIONS ON THAT OR AGAIN, THE 11:03:58 PRIMARY AGENCY FOR RESPONSE IN THESE KINDS OF DISASTERS WOULD 11:04:02 BE THE COAST GUARD. THE ADMINISTRATION PROPOSED 1100 11:04:07 POSITIONS CUT -- CUTTING ASSETS, SHIPS, PLANES, HELICOPTERS, ALL 11:04:11 OF THE THINGS THAT YOU WOULD USE IN A RESPONSE. 11:04:14 WERE YOU PART OF THE DECISION TO MAKE THOSE CUTS EITHER IN YOUR 11:04:21 AGENCY? MAYBE NOT COAST GUARD? 11:04:23 CONGRESSMAN MICA, WITH RESPECT TO THE BUDGET THAT HAS 11:04:26 BEEN SUBMITTED TO MMS. IF YOU LOOK AT THE TEN-YEAR 11:04:30 HISTORY OF THE BUDGET. THERE HAD BEEN EROSION WITHIN 11:04:33 THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR MMS AS WELL AS WITH ALL -- 11:04:38 WITH -- LET ME JUST FINISH, WITH 11:04:40 RESPECT TO THE OTHER AGENCIES IN THE INTERIOR INCLUDING MMS, A 11:04:44 VERY SIGNIFICANT EROSION AFTER WE CAME ONBOARD. 11:04:47 YOU WILL NOTE THAT THE INSPECTORS THAT ARE SET FORTH IN 11:04:50 THE BUDGET FOR MMS ARE A SIGNIFICANT INCREASE FROM WHAT 11:04:55 HAD BEEN THERE IN THE PAST. THE QUESTION THAT WAS 11:04:57 APPROPRIATE FOR THIS COMMITTEE AND FOR THE CONGRESS IS THAT 11:05:00 NUMBER SUFFICIENT AND IN OUR VIEW IT IS NOT. 11:05:02 WE HAVE TO HAVE ADDITIONAL CAPACITY. 11:05:04 ALL I CAN GO BY THE BUDGET ASKED IS IS IF YOU WERE THERE WHEN THE 11:05:07 DECISION WAS MADE TO CUT THE ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW ACTIVITIES 11:05:11 WHICH ALSO REVIEWED PERMITS AND THEN THE NEXT THING IS THIS IS 11:05:18 FEBRUARY, IT CAME OUT. IN MARCH DID YOU PARTICIPATE IN 11:05:23 THE DECISION TO EXPAND DRILLING IN THE GULF AND OTHER AREAS? 11:05:27 THE -- WERE YOU CONSULTED? 11:05:30 IS THERE ANY DOCUMENTATION? NOT THAT I WAS CONSULTED. 11:05:33 IT WAS MY DECISION, AND IT WAS MY PLAN AND IT'S A PLAN THAT I 11:05:36 AM VERY -- THAT IS A VERY WELL-THOUGHT-OUT PLAN RELATIVE 11:05:42 TO MOVING FORWARD IN A THOUGHTFUL WAY THAT CHANGES THE 11:05:45 DIRECTION THAT WE WERE GOING ON IN THE OC IS THAT DOES DIFFERENT 11:05:48 THINGS WITH RESPECT TO WHAT WAS BEING PLANNED ON THE ATLANTIC 11:05:51 AND THE -- AND THE DIFFERENT THINGS THAT WAS BEING PLANNED IN 11:05:54 ALASKA AND BRINGS IN THE KIND OF ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEWS THAT ARE 11:05:59 NECESSARY. AGAIN, LET'S GO TO THAT. 11:06:02 YOU WERE THERE WHEN THEY ISSUED THIS ONE-PAGE PERMIT AND THIS IS 11:06:05 THE PERMIT TO DRILL FOR BP, ONE-PAGE. 11:06:10 THIS IS BACKED UP BY A 500-PAGE CLEANUP SPILL PLAN. 11:06:16 I'M SURE YOU DIDN'T REVIEW THIS, BUT YOU TOLD ME THAT PEOPLE WHO 11:06:21 ARE RESPONSIBLE IN ALL WERE FIRED AND PEOPLE CHANGED. 11:06:26 HAVE WE GOT THAT ORGANIZATION CHART? 11:06:28 THE GUY THAT WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR SIGNING THIS. 11:06:31 WE'VE GOT TWO PEOPLE HERE AND TOLBERT SIGNED IT FOR SAUCIER. 11:06:40 HE'S STILL THERE. HE'S GOT THAT CIRCLE THERE, THAT 11:06:43 YELLOW THING. SO HE WASN'T FIRED. 11:06:47 HE GAVE CARTE BLANCHE. THIS IS THE APPROVAL FOR BP TO 11:06:50 DRILL AND THE CONDITIONS BY WHICH THEY DRILL AND IT REFERRED 11:06:54 TO A 500-PAGE DOCUMENT. THAT 500-PAGE DOCUMENT I'VE -- 11:07:02 MY STAFF TELLS ME IT HAS BILL PROVISIONS FOR SEALS AND 11:07:10 WALRUSES AND POLAR BEARS. NONE OF WHICH I HAVE IN THE 11:07:13 GULF. IT LOOKS LIKE THIS IS ALL SORT 11:07:16 OF CARTE BLANCHE APPROVAL. IS THAT WHAT IT APPEARS TO BE? 11:07:20 AND IS THIS GUY GOING TO GET FIRED OR ANYONE -- AND THIS GUY 11:07:25 IS STILL MAKING THE DECISIONS. THIS IS SAUCIER AND HERE MAKING 11:07:30 THE DECISION ON IMPLEMENTING THE MORATORIUM. 11:07:34 CONGRESSMAN MICA, LET ME RESPOND WITH TWO POINTS. 11:07:39 FIRST, WHILE IT IS TRUE THAT PEOPLE COMMITTED BOTH CRIMINAL 11:07:45 AND ETHICAL CONDUCT THAT IS -- WRONG -- 11:07:49 AND HE IS RESPONSIBLE -- LET ME FINISH, CONGRESSMAN 11:07:53 MICA. THE REALITY OF IT IS THAT THERE 11:07:56 ARE VERY -- THERE ARE MANY GOOD PEOPLE WITHIN THE AGENCY. 11:08:00 THERE ARE SOME BAD PEOPLE AND THOSE ARE BEING DEALT WITH. 11:08:03 WITH RESPECT TO THE DOCUMENT THAT YOU'RE REFERRING TO AND 11:08:07 WITH RESPECT TO PEOPLE THAT WERE INVOLVED CONCERNING THE 11:08:10 APPROVALS OF THE MA CONNEDA WELLS, I HAVE ASKED THE 11:08:14 INSPECTOR GENERAL TO TAKE A LOOK AT THAT AND THEY HAVE TAKEN OUR 11:08:17 OWN INDEPENDENT REVIEW WHICH WE'LL BE HAPPY TO SHARE WITH 11:08:20 MEMBERS OF THIS COMMITTEE. I APPRECIATE A LIST AND THE 11:08:24 STATUS OF THOSE HELD RESPONSIBLE. 11:08:27 THANK YOU. MAYBE WE CAN SUBMIT THAT TO THE 11:08:29 COMMITTEE. WITHOUT OBJECTION. 11:08:30 NOW I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLE LADY FROM CALIFORNIA, 11:08:38 MISS BEARD. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. 11:08:41 THANK YOU TO THE SECRETARY AND MR. BROMWICH. 11:08:43 A SERIES OF QUESTIONS. FROM THE OUTSIDE THERE IS AN 11:08:47 ETHICAL CRISIS AT MMS, WHETHER YOU CHANGE THE NAME OR NOT, 11:08:51 THERE HAS BEEN A HISTORY OF DRUGS, SEX, ROCK 'N' ROLL 11:08:57 CONCERTS AND I AM CONCERNED BASED ON THE POST ARTICLE TODAY 11:09:02 THAT SAYS THERE IS A MUCH HIGHER DEGREE OF REVOLVING DOOR THAT 11:09:06 EXISTS IN THE OIL INDUSTRY THAN ANYWHERE ELSE IN THAT THREE OUT 11:09:11 OF EVERY FOUR LOBBYISTS HAD SOME RELATIONSHIP TO THE GOVERNMENT. 11:09:17 WE KNOW THERE ARE 12 FORMER EMPLOYEES OF MM IS THAT ARE NOW 11:09:22 LOBBYING FOR THE OIL INDUSTRY. MR. BROMWICH AND SECRETARY, I 11:09:25 WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHAT YOU'RE GOING TO DO NOW TO FREEZE OUT 11:09:30 THOSE 12 FORMER EMPLOYEES FROM INTERACTING WITH MMS? 11:09:34 WELL, WE WILL CERTAINLY MAKE SURE THAT THEY OBSERVE THE 11:09:38 CURRENT ETHICAL RULES THAT EXIST, THAT RESTRICT THEIR 11:09:43 CONTRACTS TO SOME EXTENT, BUT ONE OF THE THINGS I HAVE TO DO 11:09:45 IS TO GATHER INFORMATION FROM PEOPLE WHO HAVE THE INFORMATION, 11:09:49 IF THEY HAPPEN TO BE FORMER EMPLOYEES OF THE AGENCY. 11:09:54 I'M NOT GOING TO EXCLUDE THEM FOR THAT REASON, BUT I'M 11:09:56 CERTAINLY NOT GOING TO GIVE THEIR INFORMATION ANY MORE 11:09:59 WEIGHT THAN ANYONE ELSE'S. I AGREE. 11:10:01 I READ THE SAME ARTICLE YOU DID AND I'M TROUBLED BY IT. 11:10:06 I THINK WHAT I CAN TELL YOU AND TELL THE COMMITTEE IS THAT 11:10:09 YOU'LL NEVER SEE ME IN THAT POSITION. 11:10:12 I'LL SAY RIGHT NOW THAT I'LL SELF-IMPOSE A LIFETIME BAN ON 11:10:17 CONTACTS WITH THE AGENCY, AND I HOPE THAT SETS AN EXAMPLE FOR 11:10:21 OTHER PEOPLE IN THE AGENCY AND OTHER PEOPLE THROUGHOUT 11:10:24 GOVERNMENT. I AGREE IT IS UNSEEMLY. 11:10:26 I GUESS FROM OUR PERSPECTIVE, CAN YOU TAKE ACTION INDEPENDENT 11:10:30 OF CONGRESS PASSING A BILL TO RESTRICT FORMER EMPLOYEES FROM 11:10:34 HAVING ACCESS TO THE AGENCY? WELL, LET ME GIVE YOU AN 11:10:37 EXAMPLE. I'VE ACTUALLY MET WITH TWO OF 11:10:39 THE FORMER DIRECTORS WHO ARE NOW PART OF TRADE ASSOCIATIONS 11:10:43 WITHIN THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS. THAT WAS AT YOUR REQUEST. 11:10:46 NO. IT WAS AT THEIR REQUEST, BUT I 11:10:48 AM IN THE BUSINESS RIGHT NOW OF TRYING TO GATHER INFORMATION 11:10:51 FROM A VARIETY OF SOURCES, INCLUDING FROM TRADE 11:10:55 ASSOCIATIONS BECAUSE THEY HAVE RELEVANT INFORMATION TO PROVIDE 11:10:58 BEARING ON SOME OF THE ISSUES THAT THE SECRETARY AND I ARE 11:11:01 WORKING ON. I'M GOING TO GIVE THEM A 11:11:04 HEARING, BUT I'M ALSO GOING TO GIVE ALL OTHER GROUPS INCLUDING 11:11:08 ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS, INCLUDING -- 11:11:10 I UNDERSTAND THAT. I HAVE A LIMITED AMOUNT OF TIME. 11:11:13 OKAY. MY QUESTION WAS CAN YOU ACT 11:11:16 INDEPENDENT OF CONGRESS IN CREAING SOME RESTRICTIONS 11:11:18 AROUND ACCESS TO THE AGENCY AFTER EMPLOYEES HAVE LEFT? 11:11:21 YES, WE CAN, BUT WE NEED TO DO IT IN A THOUGHTFUL WAY. 11:11:25 SO YOU REPORT BACK ONCE YOU DECIDED WHAT YOU WILL DO WITH 11:11:29 THE COMMITTEE? SURE. 11:11:30 THE GAO REPORT TO THIS COMMIT I INDICATED THAT THE REVENUE 11:11:35 SHARE THE GOVERNMENT COLLECTS FOR OIL AND GAS PRODUCED IN THE 11:11:37 GULF RANKS 93rd OUT OF 104 REVENUE COLLECTION REGIMES 11:11:45 AROUND THE WORLD. I THINK MOST OF US FIND THAT 11:11:48 STUNNING AND SHOCKING. WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO TO 11:11:55 CHANGE THAT SO THAT THE ROYALTIES BEING RECEIVED FROM 11:12:01 THE GULF ARE REFLECTIVE OF THE WORLD AS A WHOLE. 11:12:07 AT LEAST THE INTERNATIONAL AVERAGE OF ROYALTIES RECEIVED 11:12:09 AROUND THE WORLD? CONGRESSWOMAN SPEAR, LET ME 11:12:14 JUST SAY THAT THE ROYALTY ISSUE IN GETTING A FAIR RETURN TO THE 11:12:18 AMERICAN TAXPAYER IS FOREMOST IN OUR MINDS. 11:12:21 WE HAVE BEEN WORKING ON IT IT. WE HAVE BEEN WORKING ON IT AND 11:12:26 WE HAVE WAYS TO CHANGE HOW TO MAKE THE AMERICAN TAX PAYER IS 11:12:31 GETTING A FAIR RETURN ON ROYALTIES, NOT ONLY ON THE 11:12:33 OFFSHORE, BUT ALSO ON THE OFFSHORE WHEN YOU HAVE A 11:12:37 CIRCUMSTANCE THAT IS WORSE WHEN YOU HAVE THE SAME ROYALTY RATE 11:12:39 THAT EXISTED SINCE THE 1920 MINERAL LEASING ACT AT 12.5%. 11:12:44 SO WE ARE MAKING THE KINDS OF CHANGES THAT WILL BRING IN THE 11:12:48 RIGHT LEVEL OF ROYALTIES AND AT THE SAME TIME MAKE SURE THAT 11:12:51 THERE IS ACCOUNTABILITY WITH RESPECT TO THE AUDITING 11:12:55 FUNCTIONS RELATING TO THAT. AND WHEN WILL THOSE BE PUT 11:12:58 INTO PLACE AND DO YOU NEED CONGRESSIONAL ACTION TO DO THAT 11:13:03 IN. WE ARE WORKING ON IT. 11:13:06 WE ARE MOVING FORWARD WITH IT. IT IS BEING PUT INTO PLACE AS WE 11:13:10 SPEAK. THE ROYALTY WAS PART OF THAT 11:13:13 EFFORT. THAT'S GOOD NEWS TO HEAR. 11:13:14 ONE LAST QUESTION. MY UNDERSTANDING ALONG WITH 11:13:18 CONGRESSMAN MICA'S REFERENCE IS THAT THIS PARTICULAR 600-PAGE 11:13:22 DOCUMENT WAS REVIEWED BY TWO PEOPLE FOR A TOTAL OF TEN HOURS. 11:13:28 SO BY ANYONE'S MEASUREMENT IT WAS INADEQUATE. 11:13:32 I DON'T CARE IF YOU'RE A SPEED READER, THERE IS IS NO WAY THAT 11:13:36 IN TEN HOURS YOU CAN GIVE THE KIND OF ATTENTION TO THAT 11:13:40 DOCUMENT. WHAT ARE YOU DOING MOVING 11:13:41 FORWARD TO MAKE SURE THE EMPLOYEES DOING THAT KIND OF 11:13:45 REVIEW ARE BOTH QUALIFIED AND HAVE ADEQUATE AMOUNT OF TIME TO 11:13:48 DO THE REVIEW? WITH THE REORGANIZATION THAT 11:13:52 WE HAVE PUT ON THE TABLE AND THE RESOURCES THAT WE HAVE ASKED 11:13:56 FROM CONGRESS TO BE ABLE TO DO THE RIGHT KIND OF WORK IN 11:14:00 ENSURING SAFETY AND ENSURING ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION SHOULD 11:14:04 ADDRESS THOSE ISSUES. THE GENTLE LADY'S TIME IS 11:14:09 EXPIRED. I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN TURNER. 11:14:13 THANK YOU. MR. SECRETARY, I HAVE A FEW 11:14:16 ITEMS ON A TIMELINE THAT LEAD UP TO THE EXPLOSION IN THE OILFIELD 11:14:25 AND THE OIL LEAK. I WOULD LIKE TO GO OVER SOME OF 11:14:28 THOSE ITEMS AND GET YOUR RESPONSES. 11:14:30 WE FOCUSED A LOT ON WHAT HAPPENED AFTER THE EXPLOSION AND 11:14:33 I WOULD LIKE TO FOCUS ON THE PERIOD LEADING UP TO IT. 11:14:36 I WOULD LIKE THE TIMELINE INCLUDED IN THE RECORD. 11:14:38 THE TIMELINE BEGINS WITH JANUARY 29, 2009, AND THE SECRETARY 11:14:43 BEING DECLARED AND THE SECRETARY IS APPOINTED ON THAT DATE AND 11:14:47 DECLARES HIMSELF THE NEW SHERIFF IN TOWN. 11:14:49 THIS IS JANUARY 2009. IN FEBRUARY 2009 IN A 11:14:54 SITE-SPECIFIC EXPLORATION PLAN FILED BY BP, IT STATES THAT IT 11:14:58 WAS, QUOTE, UNQUOTE, NOT REQUIRED TO FILE A SCENARIO FOR 11:15:02 A POTENTIAL BLOWOUT OF THE DEEPWATER WELL. 11:15:05 MARCH IN 2009 AS WE HAVE A NEW SHERIFF IN TOWN, A 11:15:09 WHISTLE-BLOWER BROUGHT FORTH AN ISSUE OF A SAFETY BREACH BY BP 11:15:12 IN THE GULF OF MEXICO TO THE ATTENTION OF MMS. 11:15:15 QUOTE, THE WHISTLE-BLOWER WHO WAS HIRED TO OVERSEE THE 11:15:18 COMPANY'S DATABASES THAT HOUSE DOCUMENTS RELATED TO ITS 11:15:22 ATLANTIS PROJECT DISCOVERED THE DRILLING PLATFORM HAD BEEN 11:15:25 OPERATED WITHOUT THE MAJORITY OF THE ENGINEER-APPROVED DOCUMENTS 11:15:28 THAT NEEDED TO RUN SAFELY. NO ACTION WAS TAKEN BY THE 11:15:31 AGENCY, BUT THE MOST IMPORTANT THING WAS TWO MONTHS AFTER THE 11:15:34 WHISTLE-BLOWER CAME FORWARD IN MAY 2009, MMS FAILS TO PERFORM A 11:15:41 STANDARD MONTHLY INSPECTION OF THE DEEPWATER HORIZON. 11:15:45 WHAT HAPPENED IN THE SECRETARY'S OFFICE IN MAY 2009, OUR INTERIOR 11:15:49 SECRETARY IS SPEAKING AT THE WIND ENERGY CONFERENCE IN 11:15:53 CHICAGO. JUNE 2009 MMS PROPOSES NEW RULES 11:15:56 TO REQUIRE OIL AND GAS OPERATORS TO REQUIRE AND IMPLEMENT SAFETY 11:16:00 AND ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS FOR OFFSHORE DRILLING. 11:16:03 THE RULE IS STILL NOT FINALIZED ONE MONTH AND ONE YEAR LATER. 11:16:06 IN JUNE OF THAT SAME MONTH THESE RULES WERE PROVIDED, BUT NOT 11:16:12 FINALIZED. SECRETARY SALAZAR HIRES SILVIA 11:16:15 BACA AWAY FROM BP AMERICA TO BECOME HIS DEPUTY ASSISTANT 11:16:18 SECRETARY OF LAND AND MATERIALS MANAGEMENT ACCORDING TO THIS 11:16:22 TIMELINE. SUMMER 2009, THE MMS AWARDS 11:16:26 TRANSOCEAN'S U.S. GULF OF MEXICO OPERATION A SAFETY AWARD FOR 11:16:31 EXCELLENCE AND OUR SECRETARY DIRECTED MMS TO BEGIN FOCUSING 11:16:34 ON PROMOTING WIND ENERGY. ELIZABETH BIRNBAUM ASSUMES 11:16:38 DUTIES AS DIRECTOR OF MMS. THE NEW YORK TIMES RECORDED THAT 11:16:42 QUOTE NR PARTICULARLY AND TASKED WITH HANDLING THE ISSUE OF THE 11:16:47 25-MILE CAPE WIND FARM OFF OF CAPE COD. 11:16:50 WHAT HAPPENS THE NEXT MONTH AUGUST 2009, MMS FAILS TO 11:16:54 PERFORM A STANDARD MONTHLY EXPANSION OF DEEPWATER HORIZON. 11:16:59 AUGUST OF THAT SAME MONTH, WHITE HOUSE -- AT THE WHITE HOUSE'S 11:17:03 REQUEST, SECRETARY SALAZAR TAKES A BREAK FROM HER WIND ENERGY 11:17:06 EFFORTS TO BEGIN THE BIG EFFORT OF SELLING HEALTH CARE REFORM. 11:17:10 AUGUST 2009, YOU TRAVELED THROUGHOUT THE WEST TO TOUT 11:17:14 OBAMA'S STIMULUS PLAN. I UNDERSTAND FROM THIS TIMELINE 11:17:16 THAT ON THE 21st OF AUGUST THAT YOU WERE IN GRAND CANYON SOUTH 11:17:20 RIM ON THE HIGHLIGHTING 10.8 MILLION STIMULUS DOLLARS. 11:17:27 8/20, YOU WERE IN UTAH. $3.6 MILLION STIMULUS DOLLARS 11:17:32 AND ON THE 20th YOU WERE IN OREGON ON STIMULUS DOLLARS. 11:17:35 THE VERY NEXT MONTH THE NATIONAL OCEANIC ATMOSPHERIC 11:17:40 ADMINISTRATION SENT MMS A LETTER ABOUT THE OFFSHORE DRILLING 11:17:43 PROPOSAL SAYING MMS UNDERSTATED ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS OF THE NEW 11:17:47 DRILLING PROPOSAL. SEPTEMBER 8th OF THAT MONTH, 11:17:52 SALAZAR SAYS DURING AN INTERVIEW AT REUTERS SAYS ROOT NOW WE ARE 11:17:58 FOCUSED ON HEALTH CARE REFORM. IN FACT, KRSHS REPORTS IN 11:18:01 NOVEMBER 2009 THAT ANTICIPATING A STRUGGLE THE WHITE HOUSE 11:18:05 DEPUTIZED KEN SALAZAR AND FORMER SENATE MAJORITY LEADER TOM 11:18:09 DASCHLE TO JOIN VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN IN TRYING TO CLEAR THE 11:18:12 WAY FOR HEALTHCARE BILLS OVERHAUL OF THE NEXT FEW WEEKS, 11:18:16 BUT MMS IS IS BUSY. MMS HAS A RENEWABLE ENERGY TASK 11:18:21 FORCE MEETING IN RHODE ISLAND, MASSACHUSETTS, AND NEW JERSEY 11:18:24 AND WITH ALL OF THIS ACTIVITY HAPPENING IN NOVEMBER, WHAT 11:18:27 HAPPENS IN THE GULF IN DECEMBER? DECEMBER 2009, MMS FAILS TO 11:18:34 PERFORM THE STANDARD MONTHLY INSPECTION OF DEEPWATER HORIZON? 11:18:39 THEY AGAIN FAILED TO PERFORM THE INSPECTION IN JANUARY AND THEN 11:18:43 THROUGH A SERIES OF NOTIFICATIONS THAT BP PROVIDES 11:18:47 TO THE AGENCY, THE SPECIFICATIONS FROM DEEPWATER 11:18:51 ARE CONTINUED TO BE ADJUSTED. MMS RESPONDING IN SEVEN MINUTES 11:18:54 TO ONE REQUEST FOR MODIFICATION, 4.5 MINUTES TO ANOTHER AFTER 11:18:59 HAVING ROUTINELY NOT SHOWN UP FOR STANDARD INSPECTIONS AND IN 11:19:03 APRIL, THE DEEPWATER HORIZON RIG EXPLODES AND THEN SINKS, AND I 11:19:10 BELIEVE THE SECRETARY IS THERE BY APRIL 30th AFTER ATTENDING ON 11:19:16 APRIL 27th, PARTICIPATING IN A CEREMONY ON WIND TURBINES. 11:19:22 APRIL 28th, ANNOUNCING THE APPROVAL OF THE CAPE WIND 11:19:27 PROJECT AND THEN YOUR ATTENDING IN THE GULF TO TAKE A LOOK AT 11:19:30 WHAT HAS OCCURRED. THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME. 11:19:33 A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT INACTIVITY. 11:19:35 THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. 11:19:39 I BELIEVE MY STAFF HAS A COPY OF THE TIMELINE WHICH I CAN ALSO 11:19:42 PROVIDE TO YOU. MR. CHAIRMAN RESPOND EVEN 11:19:45 THOUGH THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. 11:19:50 THE FACT IS THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR HAS A 11:19:53 MAJOR MISSION TO PROTECT AND PRESERVE THE NATURAL RESOURCES 11:19:57 OF AMERICA BOTH ONSHORE AS WELL AS OFFSHORE AS WELL AS BEING THE 11:20:02 CUSTODIAN OF AMERICA'S MISSION AND ON THAT MISSION WE WORK ON 11:20:05 THE SET OF ISSUES RELATING TO NATIVE AMERICANS AND ALTHOUGH 11:20:08 THE OTHER ASSIGNMENTS THAT WE HAVE WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT OF 11:20:12 THE INTERIOR. SPECIFICALLY WITH RESPECT TO 11:20:15 MANY OF THE THINGS THAT YOU CITE IN THERE, I HAVE SPENT PROBABLY 11:20:20 MORE TIME ON THE COMPREHENSIVE ENERGY PROGRAM FOR THE NATION 11:20:23 THAT THE PRESIDENT AND I HAVE BEEN CHAMPIONING THAN ON ALMOST 11:20:28 ANY OTHER ISSUE, BUT I CAN TELL YOU WITHIN THE COMPREHENSIVE 11:20:31 ENERGY PLAN, WE ARE CONFIDENT THAT WE WILL SEE AND FOLD FOR 11:20:35 THIS NATION THAT WE WILL HAVE A BROAD ENERGY PORTFOLIO THAT WILL 11:20:38 INCLUDE OIL AND GAS AND AT THE SAME TIME INCLUDE THE NEW ENERGY 11:20:44 FRONTIER OF SOLAR, WIND AND GEOTHERMAL THAT WE HAVE WORKED 11:20:48 ON VERY HARD. I WILL SAY THIS TO YOU, MR. 11:20:51 TURNER, THAT WITHOUT EQUIVOCATION, WE HAVE SPENT A 11:20:54 HUGE AMOUNT OF TIME WITH RESPECT TO ALL OF THE ISSUES RELATING TO 11:20:59 MMS AND THEY HAVE INCLUDED CHANGING THE ETHICS CULTURE 11:21:03 MOVING FORWARD WITH A NEW DIRECTION ON THE SHELF FROM WHAT 11:21:07 WAS LEFT OVER FROM THE PRIOR ADMINISTRATION AND MOVING 11:21:10 FORWARD TO STANDING UP, A RENEWABLE ENERGY PROGRAM. 11:21:14 SO WE WORK HARD. WE COVER A LOT OF GROUND AND WE 11:21:18 HAVE A LOT OF GROUND TO COVER IN THE FUTURE. 11:21:21 THANK YOU VERY MUCH, THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED, 11:21:24 AND I NOW YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, 11:21:30 MISS CHU. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. 11:21:35 WE KNOW THAT THE BLOWOUT PREVENTERS FAILED WITH BP WITH 11:21:39 ENORMOUSLY TRAGIC CONSEQUENCES. IT'S MY UNDERSTANDING THAT AN 11:21:42 INSPECTOR DOES NOT ACTUALLY HAVE TO WITNESS IN PERSON THE BLOWOUT 11:21:46 PREVENTER TEST, BUT CAN SIMPLY REVIEW PAPERWORK FROM THE OIL 11:21:50 COMPANY OPERATORS AND THEY CAN BASICALLY TAKE THEIR WORD FOR 11:21:54 IT. WE KNOW THAT THESE TESTS CAN BE 11:21:57 SUCCESSFULLY FAKED AS ILLUSTRATED BY SEVERAL CASES. 11:22:02 THIS PRACTICE IS JUST UNIMAGINABLE AND CUTS CORNERS 11:22:06 AND COMPROMISES THE OVERSIGHT OF THE VALIDITY OF THE TEST. 11:22:10 SO HOW -- HOW WAS THE REORGANIZATION OF MMS WORK TO 11:22:14 IMPROVE THESE INSPECTION PRACTICES AND WHAT SPECIFIC 11:22:17 IMPROVEMENTS DO YOU ANTICIPATE MAKING TO MAKE THE BOP TEST 11:22:23 EFFECTIVE AND WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ABOUT HAVING THESE 11:22:27 TYPES OF TESTS CERTIFIED BY INDEPENDENT THIRD PARTY 11:22:31 INSPECTORS SELECTED BY FEDERAL REGULATORS AND NOT THE OIL 11:22:34 COMPANIES? CONGRESSWOMAN CHU, IT IS A 11:22:37 VERY GOOD QUESTION AND SOMETHING WHICH WE HAVE BEEN WORKING ON 11:22:40 THAT RELATES TO TWO PARTS, THE REFORMS WITHIN THE OCS AND THE 11:22:44 FIRST OF THOSE IS HAVING THE RIGHT STANDARDS IN PLACE AND 11:22:48 MANY OF THOSE STANDARDS WERE SET FORTH IN THE 30-DAY REPORT WHICH 11:22:53 PRESIDENT OBAMA DIRECTED THEY DELIVER TO HIM. 11:22:55 MANY OF THOSE STANDARDS ARE BEING IMPLEMENTED WITH RESPECT 11:22:58 TO THE NOTICE THAT DIRECTOR BROMWICH SPOKE ABOUT A LITTLE 11:23:01 BIT EARLIER AND THEN FINALLY WITH RESPECT TO THE ENFORCEMENT 11:23:05 OF THOSE STANDARDS THERE NEEDS TO BE A SIGNIFICANTLY BEEFED UP 11:23:11 EFFORT WITH RESPECT TO THE AGENCY'S INSPECTION CAPABILITIES 11:23:15 BECAUSE RIGHT NOW IT IS A FOOL'S ERRAND TO THINK THAT 60 11:23:20 INSPECTORS CAN ESSENTIALLY COME OUT AND INSPECT ALL OF THE 11:23:25 DIFFERENT OCS FACILITIES INCLUDING PRODUCTION FACILITIES 11:23:29 THAT ARE OUT THERE. SO YOU WILL BE COMING 11:23:31 FORTHWITH NEW REGULATIONS PERTAINING TO THIS PARTICULAR 11:23:34 PRACTICE? YES. 11:23:37 WELL, THEN IT LEADS TO ANOTHER QUESTION WHICH IS ABOUT 11:23:42 NEW REGULATIONS AND ONE OF THE PROBLEMS WITH THE CURRENT 11:23:47 REGULATORY SYSTEM IS THAT IT TAKES A LONG TIME FOR ANY 11:23:50 IMPROVEMENTS AND IN FACT, IT TOOK NINE YEARS FOR REGULATIONS 11:23:54 RELATED TO PIPELINE SAFETY TOE WORK ITS WAY THROUGH THE PROCESS 11:23:56 AND TAKE EFFECT. SO HOW WILL THE REORGANIZATION 11:24:01 OF MMS WORK TO RESOLVE THIS ISSUE OF DELAYED IMPLEMENTATION 11:24:05 OF NEW AND NECESSARY REGULATIONS? 11:24:10 THE REORGANIZATION ITSELF, THERE WILL BE TWO PARTS ESSENTIALLY 11:24:15 DEALING WITH THE SHELF BEYOND THE REVENUE SITE AND ONE OF THEM 11:24:20 WILL BE TO PROVIDE THE SAFETY AND ENFORCEMENT AND WE WILL MAKE 11:24:24 SURE THAT WE ARE MOVING FORWARD TO ADDRESS ALL OF THE ISSUES AND 11:24:28 ALL OF THE LESSONS TO BE LEARNED FROM THIS TRAGEDY. 11:24:32 BUT MY QUESTION IS HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE AND WHAT WILL YOU 11:24:35 DO TO MAKE SURE THAT IT'S ACCELERATED? 11:24:39 CONGRESSWOMAN CHU, I THINK SOME PEOPLE MIGHT SAY THAT WE 11:24:42 SHOULD HAVE WAITED FOR ANOTHER SIX MONTHS, EIGHT MONTHS UNTIL 11:24:46 WE FOUND OUT EXACTLY ALL OF THE RESULTS OF ALL OF THE 11:24:49 INVESTIGATIONS. OUR VIEW FROM DAY ONE HAS BEEN 11:24:53 THAT WE WOULD WORK ON THE ISSUE AS FAST AS WE CAN AND SO THE 11:24:59 30-DAY REPORT THAT WAS DELIVERED TO THE PRESIDENT IS THE REPORT 11:25:02 THAT HAS MANY RULES AND REQUIREMENTS AND STANDARDS WHICH 11:25:05 ARE ALREADY BEING IMPLEMENTED AND SOME OF THEM NOTICE THE LESS 11:25:09 SEES AND SOME OF THEM THROUGH RULE MAKING THAT WILL BE 11:25:14 CONDUCTED BY DIRECTOR BROMWICH. FINALLY, LET ME ASK THIS. 11:25:18 UNDER THE TWO INTERIOR DEPARTMENT REGULATIONS, OIL 11:25:22 COMPANIES USE MODELS DEVELOPED BY MMS TO PREDICT THE OIL 11:25:26 REACHING THE SHORE FOLLOWING A SPILL. 11:25:28 IN THE DEEPWATER HORIZON CASE, THESE MODELS INCORRECTLY 11:25:31 PREDICTED THAT THERE WAS A 0% LIKELIHOOD OF OIL REACHING BOTH 11:25:37 SHORES IN FLORIDA, ALABAMA AND LOUISIANA. 11:25:42 IT SUGGESTS, OF COURSE, THAT THESE MODELS ARE OUTDATED AND 11:25:45 THAT THE REGULATIONS RELATING TO THE OIL RESPONSE PLANS NEED TO 11:25:50 BE REVISITED. SO MY QUESTION IS DOES MMS NEED 11:25:53 TO RE-EXAMINE ALL OF THESE OIL SPILL RESPONSE PLANS 11:25:57 PARTICULARLY WITH REGARD TO THESE KINDS OF PREDICTIONS WHICH 11:26:01 ARE CLEARLY INCORRECT AND WAY OFF AND HOW WILL THE MMS 11:26:06 REORGANIZATION HELP THIS PROCESS? 11:26:08 THE ANSWER IS YES ON DRILLING SAFETY AND CONTAINMENT MEASURES 11:26:12 AND OIL SPILL RESPONSIBILITIES AND I WOULD LIKE DIRECTOR 11:26:15 BROMWICH TO COMMENT ON THAT AS WELL. 11:26:18 YOU ARE QUITE RIGHT, CONGRESSWOMAN, THAT THE OIL 11:26:22 SPILL RESPONSE PLANS ARE PLAINLY INADEQUATE AND THAT IS ONE 11:26:25 SUBJECT ON WHICH I WILL BE GATHERING INFORMATION ON THE 11:26:28 PUBLIC FORUMS THAT WE WILL BE HOLDING OVER THE NEXT MONTH AND 11:26:32 A HALF WITH AN EYE TOWARD NOT ONLY INSISTING ON THE SHORT TERM 11:26:35 FOR REGULATIONS THAT THOSE OIL SPILL RESPONSE PLANS BE 11:26:39 SUBSTANTIALLY REVISED IF THEY'RE GOING TO PASS MUSTER, BUT ALSO 11:26:42 WITH AN EYE TOWARD GETTING OUT NEW REGULATIONS IN THE FUTURE 11:26:46 AND WE'LL MAKE SURE THAT THAT'S THE STANDARD FROM NOW ON. 11:26:49 AND YOU'RE REVIEWING ALL OF THE PLANS? 11:26:52 YES. GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS 11:26:56 EXPIRED, AND I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE AND LET 11:27:00 ME ALSO WISH HIM HAPPY BIRTHDAY. WELL, I HAVE THE HONOR OF 11:27:04 SHARING A BIRTHDAY YESTERDAY WITH THE CHAIRMAN AND HE SENT ME 11:27:08 A NOTE SAYING THAT HE THINKS WE SHOULD MAKE IT A NATIONAL 11:27:12 HOLIDAY. THAT WAS A VERY NICE NOTE. 11:27:19 MR. SECRETARY, THANK YOU FOR COMING HERE. 11:27:22 I'VE SAT THROUGH HEARINGS IN THE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE AND THE 11:27:25 RESOURCES COMMITTEE ON THE BP OIL SPILL AND IN BOTH OF THOSE 11:27:29 HEARINGS THE WITNESSES HAVE MENTIONED THAT OVER 40,000 WELLS 11:27:33 HAVE BEEN DRILLED IN THE GULF SINCE 1960 AND MY STAFF GOT 11:27:42 INFORMATION FROM YOUR DEPARTMENT EARLIER TODAY SAYING SINCE 1947 11:27:46 MORE THAN 50,000 WELLS HAVE BEEN DRILLED IN THE GULF OF MEXICO 11:27:50 AND IT'S -- WOULD YOU NOT AGREE IT'S AN -- IT'S ALMOST AN 11:27:57 ASTONISHINGLY SAFE, CLEAN HISTORY THAT WE HAVE THERE IN 11:27:59 THE GULF? I MEAN, THERE HAVE BEEN ALMOST 11:28:02 NO -- THERE'S BEEN ANYTHING EVEN CLOSE TO THIS BP SPILL. 11:28:07 IN FACT, I'M TOLD THERE ARE MORE SPILLS OUT OF SHIPS THAN THERE 11:28:11 ARE FROM THESE RIGS. CONGRESSMAN DUNCAN, I AGREE 11:28:15 WITH YOU. IN FACT, I THINK IT WAS THAT 11:28:18 HISTORY OF SAFETY OVER ALL OF THOSE TIMES, 50,000 WELLS WHICH 11:28:23 ESSENTIALLY WAS THE IMPERICAL FOUNDATION UPON WHICH THE 11:28:27 NATIONAL FRAMEWORK HAS BEEN BUILT WITH RESPECT TO THE OIL 11:28:31 AND GAS PRODUCTION IN THE OUTER CONTINENTAL SHELF. 11:28:35 I AM TOLD THERE ARE NOW 3600 STRUCTURES IN THE GULF RIGHT 11:28:41 NOW. GOVERNOR ENGLER WROTE A COLUMN 11:28:45 FOR "THE WASHINGTON TIMES" A FEW WEEKS AGO AND SAYS DRILLING 11:28:50 MORATORIUM IS A JOBS MORATORIUM. HE SAID THE MORATORIUM 11:28:54 IMMEDIATELY SHUT DOWN 33 DEEPWATER RIGS IN THE GULF 11:28:58 INCLUDING 22 NEAR LOUISIANA. THIS ACTION COULD COST 3,000 TO 11:29:04 6,000 LOUISIANA JOBS IN THE NEXT TWO TO THREE WEEKS AND 11:29:07 POTENTIALLY 20,000 BY THE END OF NEXT YEAR. 11:29:10 FOR EVERY ONE EMPLOYEE ON AN OIL RIG, THERE ARE NINE EMPLOYEES 11:29:14 ONSHORE SUPPORTING THAT ONE EMPLOYEE. 11:29:17 THAT'S -- THAT'S MY MAIN CONCERN BECAUSE NOT ONLY DID I READ THIS 11:29:23 BY GOVERNOR ENGLER, BUT REPEATEDLY, I'VE SEEN ON THE 11:29:27 NEWS REPORTS THAT THESE OIL WORKERS IN THE GULF AREA ARE 11:29:31 ALMOST IN A PANIC SITUATION ABOUT ALL OF THE THOUSANDS OF 11:29:37 JOBS THAT ARE BEING DESTROYED AND ARE TO BE DESTROYED. 11:29:42 CONGRESSMAN DUNCAN, LET ME JUST SAY THAT WE, TOO, ARE 11:29:46 CONCERNED AND WE ARE AWARE OF THE ISSUES OF OUR VIEW AND MY 11:29:50 VIEW IN ISSUING THE MORATORIUM THAT IT WAS THE RIGHT WAY TO 11:29:53 MOVE FORWARD TO PUT THE PAUSE BUTTON IN PLACE UNTIL WE CAN 11:29:57 ANSWER THREE FUNDAMENTAL QUESTIONS. 11:29:59 DRILLING SAFETY AND BLOWOUT CONTAINMENT CAPABILITY AS WELL 11:30:03 AS OIL SPILL RESPONSE CAPABILITY. 11:30:06 IF WE WERE TO HAVE ANOTHER ONE IN THE GULF OF MEXICO TODAY OR 11:30:10 NEXT WEEK, WE COULD NOT HAVE THE OIL SPILL RESPONSE CAPABILITY TO 11:30:14 DEAL WITH THOSE BLOWOUTS. THE EFFORT WHICH EXXON, SHELL 11:30:17 AND CHEVRON AND CONOCO PHILLIPS CAME UP WITH YESTERDAY IS THE 11:30:23 BEGINNING POINT OF THAT CONVERSATION RELATIVE TO HOW WE 11:30:25 ADDRESS ONE OF THOSE THREE FUNDAMENTAL ISSUES AND DIRECTOR 11:30:30 BROMWICH'S SET OF MEETINGS WILL HELP US ANSWER THOSE THREE 11:30:32 FUNDAMENTAL QUESTIONS SO WE CAN DETERMINE HOW TO MOVE FORWARD 11:30:35 WITH RESPECT TO THE PAUSE BUTTON IN PLACE. 11:30:39 ON ANOTHER POINT, THE COLUMNIST AND COMMENTATOR WHOI 11:30:43 THINK ALMOST EVERYBODY AGREES EVEN IF THEY DON'T AGREE WITH 11:30:46 HIM, THEY THINK HE'S ONE OF THE SMARTEST MEN IN THIS CITY. 11:30:50 HE WROTE RECENTLY, ENVIRONMENTAL CHIC HAS DRIVEN US OUT THERE. 11:30:55 HE ASKED WHY WE WERE DRILLING IN 5,000 FEET OF WATER IN THE FIRST 11:30:59 PLACE. EN INCHMENTAL CHIC HAS DRIVEN US 11:31:02 OUT THERE, THEY HAVE RENDERED THE PACIFIC AND NEARLY ALL OF 11:31:05 THE ATLANTIC COAST OFF LIMITS TO OIL PRODUCTION AND OF COURSE, IN 11:31:08 THE SAFEST OF ALL PLACES ON LAND, WE'VE HAD A 30-YEAR BAN IN 11:31:12 THE ARCTIC WILD LIFE REFUGE. I'VE SEEN ARTICLES THAT SAY 11:31:16 SOMETHING LIKE 83% OR 84% OF THE CONTINENTAL SHELF IS OFF LIMITS 11:31:21 TO OIL PRODUCTION AND THAT -- THAT ALSO IS A CONCERN OF MINE 11:31:27 AND THEN FINALLY, BEFORE MY TIME RUNS OUT I'LL SAY TO MR. 11:31:34 BROMWICH, I'M CONCERNED WE'VE CHANGED THE NAME AND THERE SEEMS 11:31:38 TO BE A GOAL OF EMPHASIZING ENFORCEMENT, AND I'M JUST 11:31:43 WONDERING, ARE WE GOING HAVE A GOTCHA-TYPE AGENCY NOW? 11:31:48 BECAUSE MOST OF THESE COMPANIES, LET'S FORGET ABOUT BP. 11:31:52 LET'S CONSIDER THEM A BAD ACTOR, BUT MOST OF THESE COMPANIES ARE 11:31:56 DOING A GOOD JOB AND COMPLYING WITH ALL THE LAWS. 11:31:59 I AGREE WITH YOU. WE'RE NOT GOING HAVE A GOTCHA 11:32:03 CULTURE, BUT WE'RE GOING TO HAVE CLEAR RULES AND WE'RE GOING TO 11:32:06 HAVE AGGRESSIVE INSPECTIONS AND VIOLATIONS OF THOSE CLEAR RULES 11:32:10 WILL BE DEALT WITH SEVERELY. I THINK THAT'S THE RIGHT KIND OF 11:32:14 REGULATORY REGIME TO HAVE. IF YOU FIND A VIOLATION ARE 11:32:17 YOU GOING TO GIVE THE COMPANY A CHANCE TO CORRECT IT OR ARE YOU 11:32:20 IMMEDIATELY GOING TO COME DOWN ON THEM AND SHUT THEM DOWN? 11:32:23 THAT'S A FACT-SPECIFIC DETERMINATION AND WE'LL HAVE TO 11:32:26 TAKE IT ON A CASE-BY-CASE BASIS. THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS 11:32:31 EXPIRED. I RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM 11:32:33 MARYLAND, CONGRESSMAN CUMMINGS. THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. 11:32:37 CHAIRMAN. SECRETARY SALAZAR. 11:32:38 ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE ARE -- THAT WE HAD WITH THE COAST GUARD 11:32:44 SUB COMMITET AND TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE AND ONE OF THE THINGS 11:32:48 THAT WE WERE CONCERNED ABOUT IS THE -- WHAT ROLE DO YOU ALL SEE 11:32:52 THE COAST GUARD PLAYING IN THE FUTURE? 11:32:56 YOU KNOW, THE LEGISLATION PASSED BY THE COMMITTEE ON 11:33:00 TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE WILL REQUIRE MUCH MORE 11:33:03 SIGNIFICANT ROLE FOR THE COAST GUARD AND THE APPROVAL OF THE 11:33:06 OIL SPILL RESPONSE PLANS WHICH IS CRUCIAL GIVEN THAT THE COAST 11:33:09 GUARD IS RESPONSIBLE FOR MANAGING THE RESPONSE TO THE 11:33:14 SPILLS. SO WHAT STEPS, IF ANY, MMS AND 11:33:20 THE COAST GUARD TAKING NOW TO STRENGTHEN THE ROLE OF THE COAST 11:33:23 GUARD AND BY THE WAY, THAT'S BEEN ONE OF THEIR COMPLAINTS 11:33:26 THAT THEY'RE ASKED TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR OVERSEEING THE 11:33:30 CLEANUP, BUT THEY DON'T HAVE ENOUGH SAY IN CREATING THE PLAN. 11:33:36 DID YOU KNOW THAT? THEY'VE ACTUALLY TESTIFIED TO 11:33:41 THAT. EITHER ONE OF YOU. 11:33:43 CONGRESSMAN CUMMINGS, IF I MAY, THE ROLE THAT WE HAVE SEEN 11:33:48 PLAY OUT WITH RESPECT TO THE RESPONSE WITH THE DEEPWATER 11:33:52 HORIZON BLOWOUT AND THE BP OIL SPILL HAS BEEN ONE THAT WE HAVE 11:33:56 BEEN WORKING WITH HAND IN HAND WITH ADMIRAL ALLEN AS THE 11:33:59 NATIONAL INCIDENT COMMANDER AND IT'S BEEN CONTINUOUS. 11:34:03 WE WILL LOOK BACK AT THE DEEPWATER HORIZON TRAGEDY AND 11:34:06 LOOK AT THE LESSONS LEARNED INCLUDING THE CAPACITY THAT ARE 11:34:11 OUT THERE WITH RESPECT TO THE COAST GUARD AND OTHERS, BUT THE 11:34:14 FACT OF THE MATTER IS THE RELATIONSHIP IN TERMS OF THE 11:34:20 STRUCTURE HAS BEEN SET UP TO RESPOND TO THE OIL SPILL 11:34:23 RESPONSE HAS WORKED WELL BETWEEN INTERIOR AND THE COAST GUARD AND 11:34:27 OTHER AGENCIES THAT ARE ALSO INVOLVED. 11:34:31 I'VE GOT TO TELL YOU AGAIN, WE'VE HAD TESTIMONY WITHIN THE 11:34:36 LAST THREE WEEKS AND I WILL GET YOU THAT INFORMATION WHERE THEY 11:34:42 HAVE TOLD US THAT THEY WANT -- AND THIS IS NOT ADMIRAL ALLEN. 11:34:48 THEY WANT MORE SAY IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE RESPONSE, THE 11:34:54 EMERGENCY RESPONSE PLAN BECAUSE THEY JUST FEEL LIKE, BY THE 11:34:58 TIME, IF YOU'RE GOING TO CALL ON THEM TO OVERSEE THE CLEANUP, 11:35:02 THEY SHOULD BE MORE INVOLVED THAN IN THE BEGINNING. 11:35:05 I'LL GET THAT TO YOU. YOU MIGHT WANT TO TAKE A LOOK AT 11:35:09 THAT. I'M SURPRISED YOU DIDN'T KNOW 11:35:11 THAT. LET ME SAY THIS, CONGRESSMAN 11:35:14 CUMMINGS. THE FACT THAT THE OIL SPILL 11:35:16 RESPONSE ISSUE IS IS ONE OF THE THREE MOST CENTRAL ISSUES THAT 11:35:19 WE'RE LOOKING AT AND THAT ISSUE WILL NECESSARILY INVOLVE -- 11:35:24 SHOULD INVOLVE AND WILL INVOLVE, I WILL MAKE SURE IT HAPPENS, A 11:35:28 CLOSE COLLABORATION WITH THE COAST GUARD BECAUSE WE'RE NOT 11:35:31 GOING TO MOVE FORWARD UNTIL WE HAVE AN ASSUREDNESS WITH RESPECT 11:35:36 TO THE ADEQUACY OF OIL SPILL RESPONSE PLANS. 11:35:41 MR. SECRETARY, ALTHOUGH THE DEEP-WATER HORIZON WAS 11:35:45 REGISTERED IN THE REPUBLIC OF THE MARSHALL ISLANDS, HAS 11:35:55 TESTIFIED BEFORE THE JOINT MMS COAST GUARD PANEL SAYING THAT 11:35:59 THE RMI AS A FLAG STATE DID NOT INSPECT THE DRILLING EQUIPMENT & 11:36:04 ON THE DEEP WATER. HE INDICATED THAT SUCH 11:36:07 INSPECTION ARE LEFT UP TO THE MMS AND WE UNDERSTAND THAT MMS 11:36:11 OFTEN RELIES ON KEY TESTS AND THAT MMS INSPECTORS ONLY REVIEW 11:36:17 THE PAPERWORK ASSOCIATED WITH THE TEXT. 11:36:20 HOW IS IT THAT ADEQUATE -- HOW CAN WE MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE 11:36:27 ADEQUATE -- THAT IS, APPROVAL OF THESE -- OF THESE REPORTS? 11:36:33 BECAUSE THERE'S A QUESTION OF INSPECTION THAT SOME OF THE 11:36:37 INSPECTIONS ARE NOT ACTUALLY DONE BY OUR PEOPLE, BUT THEY'RE 11:36:41 DONE BY THE MARSHALL ALLEN FOLK AND PEOPLE THEY CONTRACT SO HOW 11:36:47 CAN WE GUARANTEE THAT THOSE INSPECTIONS WHICH ARE SO 11:36:50 IMPORTANT ARE PROPERLY DONE? LET ME SAY FIRST THERE WERE 11:36:54 INSPECS CONDUCTED OF THE DEEPWATER HORIZON INCLUDING 11:36:57 INSPECTIONS IN APRIL AND TESTING INCLUDING OF THE BLOWOUT 11:37:00 PREVENTER THAT OCCURRED IN THE DAYS LEADING UP TO THE 11:37:03 EXPLOSION. SECONDLY, WE WILL HAVE A 11:37:08 SIGNIFICANTLY MORE ROBUST INSPECTION REGIME AND IT'S PART 11:37:11 OF WHAT DIRECTOR BROMWICH WILL BE WORKING ON AND HE MAY WANT TO 11:37:16 COMMENT ON THAT. THAT'S ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. 11:37:18 THOSE ARE ONE OF THE THINGS WE'LL BE FOCUSING ON MOST 11:37:21 INTENTLY. THE IMPORTANT INSPEINSPECTIONS 11:37:26 TO BE DONE BY HUMAN BEINGS AND HUMAN BEINGS WITH EXPERIENCE AND 11:37:30 DEMONSTRATED COMPETENCE AND AN ARM'S LENGTH RELATIONSHIP AT 11:37:33 LEAST TO THE ENTITIES THAT OWN THE FACILITIES. 11:37:36 I SEE MY TIME IS UP. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. 11:37:40 THE SECRETARY HAS GOT LEAVE AT 12, AND I'M GOING TO TRY TO 11:37:43 GET IN AS MANY MEMBERS AS WE CAN BEFORE THEY HAVE TO LEAVE BEFORE 11:37:48 THEY GO TO VOTE. MR. BURTON, FIVE MINUTES. 11:37:51 YOU KNOW, 50,000 WELLS HAVE BEEN DRILLED IN THE GULF WITHOUT 11:37:59 A PROBLEM, AND YET THE PRESIDENT PUT A MORATORIUM ON THE 11:38:04 DRILLING, AND AS A RESULT YOU'VE HAD SOME OF THE RIGS GO TO 11:38:10 EGYPT, TO THE CONGO. IN CANADA THEY'RE TALKING ABOUT 11:38:20 NEW WELLS DIGGING UP TO 6,000 FEET AND WE'LL LOSE THE WELLS 11:38:26 AND THEY'LL PROBABLY NOT COME BACK FOR A LONG, LONG TIME. 11:38:29 IT MAKES NO SENSE TO ME TO CUT OFF THE DRILLING IN THE GULF 11:38:34 WHEN YOU'VE NOT HAD ANY REAL PROBLEMS EXCEPT FOR THIS ONE 11:38:39 CATASTROPHE, AND I JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY THE 11:38:42 ADMINISTRATION HAS TAKEN THIS CARTE BLANCHE APPROACH. 11:38:45 CAN YOU EXPLAIN THAT? CONGRESSMAN BURTON, HAVING 11:38:51 BEEN INVOLVED IN THIS MATTER IN RESPONSE TO THE DEEPWATER 11:38:55 HORIZON BLOWOUT EVERY SINGLE DAY SINCE THE BLOWOUT, I CAN TELL 11:38:58 YOU THAT THERE ARE THREE FUNDAMENTAL QUESTIONS THAT HAVE 11:39:01 TO BE ANSWERED BEFORE WE TAKE OUR HAND OFF THE PAUSE BUTTON 11:39:05 AND THOSE ARE THE ISSUES OF DRILLING SAFETY AND OIL WELL 11:39:11 BLOWOUT CONTAINMENT AS WELL AS OIL SPILL RESPONSE CAPACITIES 11:39:15 THAT'S WHAT WE ARE WORKING ON WITH DIRECTOR BROMWICH AS WELL 11:39:21 WITH A WHOLE HOST OF OTHER EFFORTS. 11:39:23 YOU'VE ALREADY STATED THAT THERE'S MORE OF A CHANCE FROM A 11:39:26 LEAK OF A TANKER THAN THERE IS FROM ONE OF THESE RIGS. 11:39:30 IT JUST DOESN'T MAKE ANY SENSE WITH A 50,000 DRILLING OF WELLS 11:39:34 IN THE GULF AND YOU HAVE ONE SPILL THAT YOU WILL CUT OFF 11:39:37 EVERYTHING AND THE RIGS ARE ALREADY MOVING TO BRAZZAVILLE 11:39:42 AND THE CONGO AND WE SENT THEM TO DRILL IN DEEPWATER AREAS. 11:39:48 SO WHAT WE'RE DOING, IN EFFECT, IS SHOVING OIL PRODUCTION AWAY 11:39:52 FROM THE UNITED STATES AND WE'RE COSTING US JOBS WHEN THERE IS 11:39:56 REALLY NO REASON FOR IT EXCEPT FOR THIS ONE EXCEPTION AND WHAT 11:40:00 YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT, IN MY OPINION, IT DOESN'T MAKE A GREAT 11:40:04 DEAL OF SENSE. I WANT TO ASK YOU A COUPLE OF 11:40:06 OTHER QUESTIONS REALLY QUICK. I HAVE A VIDEO I WOULD LIKE TO 11:40:10 SHOW YOU REALLY QUICK. IT'S ABOUT 15 SECONDS LONG. 11:40:14 SO CAN YOU CUE UP THAT VIDEO? SALAZAR AND NAPOLITANO HAVE 11:40:22 BEEN ON THE ISLANDS THREE TIMES. IT'S A PHOTO-OP? 11:40:26 I DON'T KNOW. DO YOU HAVE CONTACT ON THE 11:40:28 STOCK LEVEL? EVERY TIME NAPOLITANO AND 11:40:38 SALAZAR HAS COME ON TO GRAND ISLE THEY GO ON A BOAT OR 11:40:41 HELICOPTER AND SOMETHING LIKE THAT. 11:40:43 THEY'VE NEVER MET WITH LOCAL HOMELAND SECURITY. 11:40:46 I DON'T THINK THEY'VE MET WITH ANYONE IN TOWN. 11:40:48 SHE DROVE PAST ME LAST TIME AND I WAS STANDING AT THE AIRPORT 11:40:51 WAITING FOR YOU TO COME IN AND SHE DROVE RIGHT PAST ME. 11:40:53 WELL, THIS IS DINO BONANO WHO IS THE HOMELAND SECURITY 11:41:00 DIRECTOR DOWN THERE AND THE FIRE CHIEF MARK SCARDINO. 11:41:05 THEY SAID YOU'VE NEVER BEEN DOWN TO THAT PARISH AND THAT'S ONE OF 11:41:08 THE MOST TOXIC AREAS THAT'S BEEN HIT SINCE THE SPILL TOOK PLACE. 11:41:13 WHY HAVEN'T YOU BEEN DOWN THERE? CONGRESSMAN BURTON, FIRST OF 11:41:17 ALL, WE BELIEVE THAT THE LAST COUNT THAT I SAW HAD 11 TIMES 11:41:23 THAT WE HAD BEEN IN THE GULF COAST STATES -- 11:41:25 THIS IS ONE OF THE HARDEST HIT. 11:41:28 I HAVE BEEN THROUGH LOUISIANA, ALABAMA, MISSISSIPPI, 11:41:32 FLORIDA. I DON'T KNOW THE EXACT PARISH BY 11:41:35 PARISH, BUT LET ME JUST SAY SINCE APRIL 20th AND EVEN BEFORE 11:41:41 THAT, I SPENT A LOT OF TIME ON THE GULF COAST AND I CONTINUE TO 11:41:44 SPEND A LOT OF TIME DOWN THERE AND WILL AND WILL WORK 11:41:48 RELENTLESSLY ON THIS PROBLEM UNTIL WE GET IT FIXED AND WE 11:41:51 CHARGE THE WAY FORWARD -- IT SEEMS LIKE THIS WOULD HAVE 11:41:55 BEEN ONE OF THE TOP PRIORITIES. I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY YOU 11:41:58 WEREN'T THERE AND THEY WERE COMPLAINING VERY VIGOROUSLY THAT 11:42:01 YOU HAD IGNORED THEIR PROBLEMS THERE. 11:42:03 THE PRESIDENT, THE VICE PRESIDENT AND MEMBERS OF THE 11:42:05 CABINET HAVE BEEN DOWN THERE COUNTLESS TIMES. 11:42:08 MY ASSISTANT SECRETARY -- MY ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR FISH AND 11:42:11 WILD LIFE HAS TAKEN 17 TRIPS DOWN INTO THAT AREA TO DEAL WITH 11:42:15 THESE ISSUES. YOU'RE THE GUY. 11:42:17 YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE, IN MY OPINION. 11:42:19 THE LAST THING I WANT TO ASK IS I KNOW THE JONES ACT WAS 11:42:24 REFERRED TO. THERE WERE A NUMBER OF COUNTRIES 11:42:26 THAT WANTED TO BRING SKIMMERS IN AS SOON AS THIS THING TOOK 11:42:30 PLACE. WE COULD HAVE ELIMINATED AN 11:42:32 AWFUL LOT OF THESE ECOLOGICAL PROBLEMS IF THOSE SKIMMERS HAD 11:42:35 BEEN BROUGHT IN. WHY IN THE WORLD DID WE LET THE 11:42:39 OTHER COUNTRIES BRING IN THE SKIMMERS AS FAST AS POSSIBLE. 11:42:43 I DISAGREE WITH YOU. THE JONES ACT HAS NOT KEPT A 11:42:46 SINGLE VESSEL FROM COMING INTO THE COUNTRY, NUMBER ONE. 11:42:49 WE HAVE A SHORTAGE OF SKIMMING VESSELS HAS NOT BEEN AN ISSUE 11:42:52 AND THE JONES ACT WAS WANT AN ISSUE. 11:42:54 WHY WEREN'T THEY ALLOWED IN. THAD ALLEN AND THE NATIONAL 11:43:01 INCIDENT COMMANDER HAD BEEN IN CHARGE. 11:43:03 THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. 11:43:08 THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. MY INTENT WASN'T TO REBUT MY 11:43:12 REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES IN THE HEARING, BUT GIVEN WHAT WAS JUST 11:43:15 SAID ABOUT THE EXCEPTION OF THIS DISASTER, IT'S LIKE SUGGESTING 11:43:20 THAT 9/11 WAS AN EXCEPTION TO AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL REGULATIONS 11:43:23 AND THAT WE SHOULDN'T REACT TO THAT. 11:43:25 THE FACT IS THAT THIS HAS BEEN AN ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTER AND 11:43:29 THE FACT THAT WE SHOULD LOOK AT THE REGULATION A PREEP ATLY OF 11:43:33 OIL WELLS IN THE GULF AND I THINK IT'S VERY APPROPRIATE THAT 11:43:36 THE ADMINISTRATION TAKE THE STEPS THAT IT HAS TO MAKE SURE 11:43:39 THAT ALL OF THE WELLS ARE SAFE. I FURTHER HEARD MY REPUBLICAN 11:43:45 COLLEAGUING IS THAT ITS LUM TAGDZS ON ONSHORE DRILLING AND 11:43:48 OTHER PARTS OF THE COUNTRY THAT IS DRIVING BP AND OTHERS TO GO 11:43:52 TO THE GULF UPON I ASSUME THAT THEY'RE MAKING MONEY IN THE GULF 11:43:56 THAT THE REASON THEY HAVE THIS IN THE GULF IS BECAUSE THEY HAVE 11:43:59 OIL WELLS THERE AND THEY'RE MAKING MONEY, IS THAT CORRECT? 11:44:02 THAT'S CORRECT. THE REASON BP AND OTHER OIL 11:44:05 COMPANIES ARE, IN FACT, DRILLING IS BECAUSE THEY'RE MAKING A 11:44:10 PROFIT IN THE GULF? THAT IS CORRECT. 11:44:13 I WOULD LIKE TO MOVE ON AND I THINK THE ISSUE HERE IS ONE 11:44:16 THAT'S IMPORTANT AND IT GOES BACK TO THE 2005 ENERGY ACT AND 11:44:19 THE ISSUE OF CATEGORICAL EXCLUSIONS. 11:44:22 I AM CONCERNED, AS ARE OTHERS WITH REGARD TO THE NUMBER OF 11:44:26 CATEGORICAL EXCLUSIONS THAT WE HAVE SEEN FOR WELLS IN THE GULF, 11:44:29 AND I WOULD APPRECIATE IF YOU WOULD HELP US BETTER UNDERSTAND 11:44:33 HOW CATEGORICAL EXCLUSIONS ARE DETERMINED AND WHETHER OR NOT BP 11:44:39 ADVOCATED EXCLUSIVELY FOR CATEGORICAL EXCLUSIONS FOR THE 11:44:42 DRILLING OPERATIONS IN THE GULF. CONGRESSMAN, LET ME JUST SAY, 11:44:48 FIRST OF ALL THAT JUST BACK ON THE MORATORIUM, IT WAS A PRUDENT 11:44:52 POSITION THAT WE HAVE TAKEN AND I APPRECIATE THE SUPPORT THAT 11:44:55 YOU ECHO FOR THE MORATORIUM BECAUSE OF THE FUNDAMENTAL 11:44:59 ISSUES THAT WE DO NEED TO HAVE ADDRESSED. 11:45:01 SECONDLY, WITH RESPECT TO THE QUESTION ON CATEGORICAL 11:45:05 EXCLUSIONS, THEY APPEAR AT A TIME WHEN AFTER SIGNIFICANT 11:45:09 ENVIRONMENTAL ANALYSIS HAS BEEN DONE BECAUSE THE PROCESS IN 11:45:12 DEVELOPING A FIVE-YEAR PLAN, YOU DO AN ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT 11:45:16 STATEMENT BEFORE YOU ISSUE AND HAVE A LEASE SALE THERE'S 11:45:21 ANOTHER ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT REVIEWED BEFORE A SALE 11:45:26 HAPPENS. THE CATEGORICAL EXCLUSION IN THE 11:45:27 GULF OF MEXICO WHICH HAS BEEN GRANTED TO MORE THAN BP. 11:45:30 THOSE OCCUR IN LARGE PART BECAUSE THERE IS A 30-DAY WINDOW 11:45:34 OF APPROVAL REQUIRED BY STATUTE WHEN AN EXPLORATION PLAN ITSELF 11:45:40 IS FILED AS PART OF THE LEASING AND DEVELOPMENT PROCESS. 11:45:43 SO WE'VE ASKED THE CONGRESS TO EXTEND THAT 30-DAY WINDOW TO THE 11:45:48 90-DAY WINDOW, AND I HOPE THAT IT IS SOMETHING THAT YOU ENACT 11:45:52 IN THE OIL SPILL LEGISLATION BEFORE YOU. 11:45:54 WHEN YOU SAY THE 30-DAY WINDOW IS IN STATUTE. 11:45:58 WHEN WAS THAT 30-DAY WINDOW IMPLEMENTED AND WHY WAS IT ONLY 11:46:01 30 DAYS AND WHO ADVOCATED FOR THE 30-DAY WINDOW? 11:46:05 I DO NOT HAVE THE SPECIFICS ON WHEN THAT REQUIREMENT WAS PUT 11:46:09 INTO THE LAW, BUT I CAN GET THAT FOR YOU. 11:46:13 DO YOU BELIEVE -- WHAT IS YOUR OPINION AS TO HOW LONG IT 11:46:16 SHOULD BE FOR THE REVIEW? YOU SAID 90 DAYS. 11:46:19 IS 90 DAYS APPROPRIATE. 30 DAYS I BELIEVE IS TOO SHORT, 11:46:24 AND I DO THINK WHAT WE NEED TO DO ESPECIALLY IN PLACES LIKE THE 11:46:28 GULF OF MEXICO, YOU HAVE TREMENDOUS ENVIRONMENTAL 11:46:31 INFORMATION AND REVIEWS THAT HAVE BEEN CONDUCTED AND SO WE 11:46:34 JUST NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT THE ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEWS THAT ARE 11:46:38 BEING CONDUCTED ARE WORTHWHILE AND THAT WE'RE DOING THE RIGHT 11:46:43 THING IN TERMS OF THE AIM OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL ANALYSIS WHICH IS 11:46:47 TO UNDERSTAND WHAT IMPACTS THEY'LL BE TO THE ENVIRONMENT 11:46:51 AND THE ACTIVITY. DO YOU BELIEVE THERE'S BEEN 11:46:53 AN OVERUSE OF CATEGORICAL EXCLUSIONS UNDER THE PREVIOUS 11:46:58 ADMINISTRATIONS AND IN THE 30-DAY WINDOW IS A PRIMARY CAUSE 11:47:01 OF THAT? I DO BELIEVE THAT THERE WAS 11:47:04 AN OVERUSE OF THE CATEGORICAL EXCLUSIONS AND INDEED WITH 11:47:08 RESPECT TO WHAT WE'VE DONE ON THE ONSHORE UNDER THE BUREAU OF 11:47:11 LAND MANAGEMENT IS THAT WE HAVE CHANGED THAT PRACTICE AND 11:47:14 OBVIOUSLY, WE ARE NOW CONDUCTING A COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW WITH THE 11:47:20 COUNCIL OF THE QUALITY RELATIVE WITH THE CHANGES THAT WILL 11:47:25 HAPPEN. THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR, I 11:47:29 YIELD BACK. MR. MURPHY? 11:47:32 THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MADAM CHAIR. 11:47:33 I KNOW WE'RE ABOUT TO GO TO VOTES AND SECRETARY SALAZAR, 11:47:37 YOU'VE BEEN GREAT TO SPEND TIME WITH US. 11:47:39 I APPRECIATE YOUR RESPONSE TO MR. BURTON'S QUESTION. 11:47:43 WE COULD BE FOR DAYS ON END IF WE WOULD PLAY SINGLE INDIVIDUALS 11:47:46 THAT WERE UPSET THAT ONE PARTICULAR FEDERAL OFFICIAL 11:47:50 DIDN'T VISIT THEM. I THINK WE'RE VERY LUCKY TO HAVE 11:47:52 YOU IN THIS POSITION. SO MANY OF US HAVE BEEN 11:47:55 IMPRESSED BY YOUR IMMEDIATE AND ROBUST RESPONSE TO THIS TRAGEDY 11:48:00 AND MR. BROMWICH, YOU HAVE A REPUTATION AS A NO-NONSENSE 11:48:05 ADMINISTRATOR IN EVERYTHING YOU'VE DONE, AND I THINK YOU'RE 11:48:07 THE RIGHT GUY FOR THE JOB. I JUST HAVE A COUPLE OF QUICK 11:48:10 QUESTIONS. ONE RELEVANCE OF FUNDING SOURCE 11:48:13 IS MOVING FORWARD. THE REORGANIZATION AS YOU SPLIT 11:48:17 INTO THREE DIFFERENT ENTITIES WILL REQUIRE MORE PEOPLE IN AND 11:48:20 OF ITSELF AND THREE DIRECTORS AND THREE OFFICERS OF 11:48:23 CONGRESSIONAL RELATIONS AND WE KNOW THAT WE NEED MORE PEOPLE TO 11:48:26 DO THE INSPECTION WORK. AS YOU LOOK DOWN THE ROAD AT HOW 11:48:30 YOU THINK THE AGENCY SHOULD BE FUNDED AND YOU LOOK AT A 11:48:35 POTENTIAL DIMINISHING RELIANCE ON ROYALTY PAYMENTS. 11:48:39 HOW DO YOU EXPECT THAT MOVING FORWARD THE NEW FUNCTIONS OF 11:48:44 THESE AGENCIES ARE GOING TO BE FUNDED? 11:48:47 CONGRESSMAN MURPHY, THANK YOU FOR YOUR COMMENTS. 11:48:51 WE ARE IN THE MIDST OF WORKING WITH THE APPROPRIATORS IN 11:48:56 DEVELOPING THE BUDGET AMENDMENT TO MAKE SURE THAT THE FUNDING IS 11:49:00 THERE TO BE ABLE TO DO THE JOB. AND THE FUNDING SOURCES 11:49:07 THEMSELVES THEY'LL BE PART OF THE DISCUSSION TO ENGAGE WITH 11:49:10 CONGRESS ON. WITH RESPECT TO ROYALTY 11:49:13 PAYMENTS. DO YOU HAVE IDEAS AS TO WHAT 11:49:16 COMPONENTS WILL BE -- CONTINUE TO BE FUNDED BY ROYALTY PAYMENTS 11:49:20 OR WHAT COMPONENTS YOU NO LONGER WANT TO BE FUNDED WITH RESPECT 11:49:24 TO THOSE PAYMENTS. THAT IS PART OF THE REVIEW THAT 11:49:27 WE CURRENTLY HAVE IN THE IMPLEMENTATION PROGRAMS THAT WE 11:49:30 ARE DEVELOPING. AND MAYBE I'LL DIRECT THIS 11:49:34 QUESTION TO MR. BROMWICH AND I WOULD BE HAPPY TO HAVE THE 11:49:37 SECRETARY WEIGH IN AS WELL. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT HAS BEEN 11:49:40 OF GREAT FRUSTRATION TO US IS THE TECHNOLOGY THAT WE'RE USING 11:49:44 RIGHT NOW TO DEAL WITH THIS, BILL. 11:49:46 AND THE FACT THAT WE'VE HAD A FAIRLY SLOW PACE OF INNOVATION 11:49:50 WITHIN THE INDUSTRY IN DEVELOPING NEW TECHNOLOGIES TO 11:49:53 ADDRESS SPILLS. MAYBE IT'S MOVING A LOT FASTER 11:49:55 RIGHT NOW AS WE SPEAK, BUT OVER A LONG PERIOD OF TIME IT'S BEEN 11:50:00 RELATIVELY SLOW GIVEN THE THREAT. 11:50:01 CAN YOU TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT HOW YOU FORESEE EITHER WITHIN 11:50:06 YOUR AGENCY OR -- OR IN PUTTING PRESSURE ON THE INDUSTRY. 11:50:11 HOW DO WE MORE QUICKLY DO WE MO OIL SPILL DISASTER TECHNOLOGY 11:50:18 GOING FORWARD? YES, IT IS A VERY GOOD 11:50:21 QUESTION. I THINK ONE OF THE THINGS THAT 11:50:26 THIS DISASTER HAS FOECUSED PEOPLE'S ATTENTIONS ON IS OIL 11:50:33 SPILL RESPONSE TECHNOLOGIES. IT HAS BEEN RECOGNIZED BY US AND 11:50:41 PLAYERS IN THE INDUSTRY. I THINK THAT IS ONE OF THE 11:50:44 REASONS WHY YESTERDAY WE SAW THE FOUR LARGEST MAJORS COME FORWARD 11:50:48 WITH THE OUTLINES OF A PLAN TO DEAL WITH OIL SPILL CONTAINMENT 11:50:54 IN THE GULF OF MEXICO. I THINK THAT THIS DISASTER HAS 11:50:58 FOCUSED PEOPLE'S ENERGIES AND IT WILL STIMULATE INNOVATION. 11:51:03 WE WILL BE DIRECTLY INVOLVED IN THAT PROCESS. 11:51:06 THE PROPOSAL THAT WAS MADE YESTERDAY IS AN INTERESTING 11:51:10 INTRIGUING ONE. BUT WE WILL WANT TO REVIEW AND 11:51:15 STUDY IT CAREFULLY. IT IS ONE THAT WE, AND YOU AND 11:51:19 THE AMERICAN PUBLIC IS GOING TO NEED TO HAVE CONFIDENCE IN. 11:51:24 MR. ISA FOR FIVE MINUTES. THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. 11:51:31 JUST ONE QUICK QUESTION, YOU KNOW MR. SECRETARY THAT YOUR 11:51:38 DECISION WAS ARBITRARY. IN LIGHT OF WHAT YOU SAID 11:51:44 EARLIER TODAY, WOULD YOU SAY THAT RESOURCES THAT ARE FREED UP 11:51:48 AT THE TIME OF THE KILL OF THIS WELL COULD JUST AS EASY BE THE 11:51:53 END OF THE MORATORIUM? AS YOU SAID EARLIER, CLEARLY 11:51:56 THERE WERE RESOURCES THAT YOU DIDN'T WANT TO HAVE NOT 11:52:00 AVAILABLE AS ONE IN 50,000 WELLS HAPPENED A SECOND TIME. 11:52:04 BUT WOULDN'T A TARGET OF THE KILLING OF THIS WELL BE JUST AS 11:52:09 APPROPRIATE FOR CONSIDERING LIMITED WELL-SUPERWELL-SUPERVIS 11:52:16 BACK INTO EXPLORATION OF THE EXISTING 22 RIGS? 11:52:21 CONGRESSMAN, I APPRECIATE YOUR OBSERVATION AND I 11:52:25 APPRECIATE THE SENSE OF URGENCY THAT YOU HAVE THAT THESE ISSUES 11:52:30 BE ADDRESSED. BUT THERE IS A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT 11:52:33 OF WORK THAT WILL BE UNFOLDING. I WILL HAVE A REPORT BACK FROM 11:52:38 THE OVERSIGHT SAFETY BOARD WHICH INCLUDES GREAT WORK FROM THE IN 11:52:43 SPECKER GENERAL AND HER STAFF THAT ARE FOCUSED IN ON THESE 11:52:48 ISSUES WHICH IS DUE ON I BELIEVE ON AUGUST THE 15th. 11:52:53 THE ACADEMY WILL HAVE A REPORT MORE ME BY OCTOBER 31st. 11:53:00 SO, IF THERE IS A POINT IN TIME BETWEEN NOW AND NOVEMBER 30th, 11:53:05 WHERE THE THREE QUESTIONS THAT I HAVE ALREADY ADDRESSED ARE 11:53:09 ADDRESSED TO OUR SATISFACTION, WE WILL REVISIT THAT TIMELINE. 11:53:13 I APPRECIATE THAT. I YIELD THE BALANCE OF TIME TO 11:53:17 MR. FORTENBERRY. THANK YOU FOR JOINING US 11:53:23 TODAY. THIS OIL SPILL IS AN 11:53:28 ENVIRONMENTAL CATASTROPHE. WE MUST WORK TOGETHER TO MAKE 11:53:34 THUR THAT THE LEAK IS CONTINUING TO BE STOPPED AND THAT THE 11:53:37 ENVIRONMENT IS CLEANED UP AND THAT WE WORK WITH THE RESOURCES 11:53:40 WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT THIS NEVER HAPPENS AGAIN, IN THAT 11:53:45 REGARD, YOUR REASONING FOR THE MORATORIUM IS THAT OUR RESOURCES 11:53:49 ARE CURRENTLY DEPLOYED AND DEPLETED AND IN CASE THERE WAS A 11:53:54 SECOND SPILL LIKE THIS WE WOULD NOT HAVE THE RESOURCES TO WORK 11:53:58 AGAINST IT. BUT GIVEN THAT THERE IS THE 11:54:01 POTENTIAL FOR THIS LEAK TO BE PERMANENTLY STOPPED IN THE NEAR 11:54:05 TERM, YOUR CONSIDERATION OF THAT FACTOR IN TERMS OF THE 11:54:09 MORATORIUM DEADLINES I THINK IS REASONABLE. 11:54:11 THE SECOND POINT BEING GIVEN THAT THE RESOURCES THAT ARE 11:54:18 APPLIED ARE UNDER INTENSE PRESSURE TO MOVE OVERSEAS AND 11:54:24 THAT THIS WOULD CAUSE MORE IMPORTED OIL TO COME INTO OUR 11:54:29 WATERS, MORE TANKERS THAT ARE MORE DANGEROUS THAN THE DRILLING 11:54:37 ITSELF. IS THE MORATORIUM TIMELINE MORE 11:54:41 RISKY? A RELATED POINT IS THAT ALL 11:54:44 DRILL SOMETHING NOT THE SAME. BP WAS ENGAGED IN THE RISKIEST 11:54:48 TYPE OF DRILLING. IS THERE A CONSIDERATION THAT 11:54:53 THOSE MAY BE EXCEPTED AS WELL GIVEN THAT THE PROFILE IS LOWER? 11:54:58 CONGRESSMAN, THE ANSWER TO THAT IS YES. 11:55:00 AND THAT IS PART OF WHAT THE DIRECTOR WILL BE GATHERING 11:55:07 INFORMATION ON. THERE MAY BE DIFFERENT 11:55:08 ACTIVITIES AND DIFFERENT ZONES OF RISK THAT MIGHT BE ALLOWED TO 11:55:12 GO FORWARD. WE HAVE MADE ONE OF THOSE 11:55:16 FINDINGS WITH RESPECT TO THE S 11:55:29 SHALLOW WATER DRILLING AND THERE MAY BE OTHERS AS WE MOVE 11:55:30 FORWARD. SEG MEN STATION OF RISK BASED 11:55:31 ON THE HISTORICAL PAST, ANALYSIS OF RISK RATHER THAN A BLANKET 11:55:36 MORATORIUM? THERE MAY BE FOR EXAMPLE, 11:55:40 DIFFERENTIATION BETWEEN THE EXPIRATION WELLS IN THE DEEP 11:55:44 WATER AND WELLS THAT ARE BEING DRILLED INTO ALREADY DEVELOPED 11:55:51 RESERVOIRS THAT YOU KNOW EXACTLY WHAT IT IS THAT YOU ARE DRILLING 11:55:55 INTO AS OPPOSED TO THE EXPLORATORY TYPE OF WELLS. 11:56:00 SO THOSE ARE THE DISTINCTIONS THAT WE WILL BE TAKING A LOOK AT 11:56:03 IN THE MONTHS AHEAD. I THINK THE LAST THING THAT 11:56:07 WE WANT TO DO IS INCREASE PRESSURES FOR MORE WATER. 11:56:19 WITH THAT SAID, I WANT TO POINT OUT THAT I VISITED THE AREA 11:56:24 RECENTLY. THESE PEOPLE ARE EXHAUSTING 11:56:27 THEMSELVES TO SAVE THEIR WAY OF LIFE AND THE ENVIRONMENT -- 11:56:31 I THINK YOU ARE HEARD. YOUR TIME HAS EXPIRED. 11:56:35 I HAD A GOOD VIDEO FOR YOU, BUT WE'LL HAVE TO DO IT AT 11:56:40 ANOTHER TIME. MISS MALONEY. 11:56:44 THANK YOU MADAM CHAIR AND I THANK YOU BOTH FOR YOUR 11:56:48 TESTIMONY THE DEVASTATION OF THE BP OIL SPILL HAS HIGHLIGHTED 11:56:53 MANY PROBLEMS IN WORKER'S SAFETY AND CONTAINMENT AND OVERSIGHT. 11:56:58 BUT IT HAS ESPECIALLY HIGHLIGHTED THE MISSMANAGEMENT 11:57:02 OF THE MMS, THE MINERALS AND MANAGEMENT SERVICE AGENCY WHICH 11:57:08 IF MANAGED APPROPRIATELY COULD BRING IN MILLIONS IF NOT 11:57:14 BILLIONS TO OUR TREASURY FROM OIL EXTRACTED FROM LAND OWNS BY 11:57:19 THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. UNDER THE CURRENT STRUCTURE, THE 11:57:23 GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICES FOUND THAT THE MMS SHOULD DO A GREAT 11:57:27 DEAL MORE TO IMPROVE THE ACCURACY OF THE DATA USED TO 11:57:32 COLLECT AND VERIFY THE OIL ROYALTIES, AND I HAVE A BILL IN 11:57:38 HR-1462, WHICH WOULD REQUIRE THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF ENGINEERING 11:57:43 TO STUDY AND COME FORWARD WITH I 11:57:53 IMPROVEMENTS AND REM DECISIONS OF WAYS THAT WE COULD MORE 11:57:54 ACCURATELY COLLECT THE ROYALTIES ON THE PRODUCTION OF OIL. 11:57:55 I WOULD LIKE MR. SECRETARY, IF YOU WOULD REVIEW IT AND THIS 11:57:59 COULD BE HELPFUL IN DEFINING IT IN A WAY THAT WE COULD BE MORE 11:58:04 SUCCESSFUL IN GIVING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THE TAXPAYERS 11:58:08 THEIR JUST REWARD OR THEIR JUST TAX REVENUES OR REVENUES FROM 11:58:13 THIS OIL. ACCORDING TO THE GENERAL 11:58:16 ACCOUNTING OFFICE REPORT, THAT WAS GIVEN TO THIS COMMITTEE, THE 11:58:22 REVENUE SHARE THAT THE GOVERNMENT COLLECTS FROM OIL AND 11:58:25 GAS PRODUCED IN THE GULF RANKS 93rd AMONG THE LOWEST OF THE 104 11:58:32 REVENUE COLLECTION REGIMES AROUND THE WORLD. 11:58:36 ARE WE 93rd IN COLLECTION? I HAVE NOT -- I CANNOT 11:58:48 COMMENT ON THAT STATISTIC. BUT WE HAVE BEEN COLLECTING 11:58:51 RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE ACCOUNTING OFFICE AS WELL AS 11:58:56 RECOMMENDATIONS THAT CAME FORTH FROM THE KERRY-GARNS COMMISSION 11:59:00 THAT ADDRESSED MANY OF THESE ISSUES. 11:59:03 AT THE END OF THE DAY, WHAT W
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