By Ben Geman - 01/25/12 10:10 PM EST
E2 wrote much more about the fracas here.
The Interior Department’s inspector general, in November 2010 findings, said White House edits to the drilling safety report led to the faulty impression. From the IG's November 2010 findings:
The version that the White House returned to [Interior] had revised and re-ordered the language in the Executive Summary, 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 This caused the distinction between the Secretary's moratorium recommendation — which had not been peer reviewed — and the safety recommendations contained in the 30-Day Report — which had been peer reviewed — to become effectively lost.
But the IG report also found that Interior officials were not intentionally trying to suggest the outside experts backed the drilling freeze.
The new letter to Interior from Hastings and Energy and Minerals subcommittee Chairman Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) is available here.
“Americans, especially those in the Gulf, deserve answers as to how these policy decisions were made, who made them and if they were actually based on sound science,” Hastings said in a statement Wednesday.