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November 10th, 2010
09:11 PM ET

Report: White House edit led to errant claim on drilling moratorium

CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) - The Obama administration didn't violate federal law when it incorrectly asserted that its plans for a six-month halt to offshore oil drilling had been "peer reviewed" by experts, an independent watchdog agency reported Wednesday.

The erroneous claim was included in a report issued a month into the Gulf of Mexico oil spill and stemmed from a White House edit of an Interior Department draft, according to the report Wednesday from the department inspector-general's office. A panel of scientists and engineers did examine new safety recommendations for offshore oil drilling following the undersea gusher in April, but did not study the planned drilling moratorium that was announced in late May, the report found.

In June, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar apologized for the error both in writing and in person to scientists who complained about the language, the report states. Investigators found the problem occurred when White House officials "revised and re-ordered" the report before its issuance, "placing the peer review language immediately following the moratorium recommendation."

"This caused the distinction between the secretary's moratorium recommendation - which had not been peer-reviewed - and the safety recommendations contained in the 30-Day Report - which had been peer reviewed - to become effectively lost," the report states.

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  1. Joan

    scientist need to stop looking @ moratoriums and look @ things in reality...they are sucking the earth dry as well as everything living on our planet!

    November 11, 2010 at 2:37 am |
  2. Colin

    I have worked at amazon and I have seen some kinds of porn such has a dvd as well as books on sex. They also sell sex objects. What book they are selling now is outright wrong.

    November 10, 2010 at 11:22 pm |
  3. Theodore M.Goldberg

    How can you rationalize doing something immoral with a child? Whats next a rule book for murder?

    Do we need to make manuals for illegal actions, illegal? Or let amazon hold the hand basket that's leading this world to hell?

    Since their actions could not edit this book from it's title, it can add it's name to other that profit from immorality. And lose face with it's public!
    T.M.Goldberg
    Fairfax V.A. USA

    November 10, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  4. steve

    This was a mistake

    November 10, 2010 at 10:25 pm |