UFO Sightings and Offshore Drilling

Grind for May 1st, 2019
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Out Of This World

The Headline

The US NAVY is updating its policy on UFO sightings

The Grind

As reported this month by Politico, the US Navy is working on new guidelines for its personnel to report encounters with “unidentified aircraft.”

The announcement follows a series of reports about unknown, hi-tech aircraft flying around sensitive military facilities.

“There have been a number of reports of unauthorized and/or unidentified aircraft entering various military-controlled ranges and designated air space in recent years,” explained a Navy spokesman. “For safety and security concerns, the Navy and the [Air Force] takes these reports very seriously and investigates each and every report.”

The Details

The policy change doesn’t necessarily mean the Navy believes in UFOs, but it does improve the chances that strange reports will be forwarded to authorities rather than discarded.

“Right now, we have a situation in which UFOs and UAPs are treated as anomalies to be ignored rather than anomalies to be explored,” says former Pentagon intelligence official Chris Mellon.

The way the system works now, strange reports often end up in the trash.

“In a lot of cases [military personnel] don’t know what to do with that information – like satellite data or a radar that sees something going Mach 3. They will dump [the data] because that is not a traditional aircraft or missile.”

Not So Fast

The Headline

Alaskan judge blocks Trump Administration’s plans to expand offshore drilling

The Grind

The Trump Administration’s plans to expand offshore drilling in coastal waters have been put on hold following a ruling from US District Court Judge Sharon Gleason, who in a separate ruling blocked the Administration’s plans to build a road through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska.

The Administration is expected to appeal Judge Gleason’s ruling, but the process could take a while. In the meantime, critics of the expansion are celebrating the delay.

“This decision is the result of constant pressure from coastal communities, environmental groups, and elected officials who made it abundantly clear that offshore oil and gas drilling is dangerous, unwanted, and a threat to our economy and way of life,” said Rep. Joe Cunningham (D-SC).

The Background

In 2016, outgoing President Barack Obama utilized the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to permanently remove 128 million acres of federal waters from leasing consideration.

In 2017, President Trump issued an executive order to reopen those areas.

In March, Judge Gleason said Trump did not have the authority to issue that order. As she explained in her ruling, the law Obama used to issue the protections allows for leasing withdrawals but does not expressly state that a future president can revoke those withdrawals without approval from Congress.

Gleason’s decision restores Obama-era protections and halts the Trump Administration’s planned expansion.

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