"One. That's the number of new drilling permits under the Obama administration since they came into office," Rep. Michele Bachmann told the Conservative Principles PAC on March 26.
It was a great red meat line. It helped her steal the show from other Republicans preening for the attention of voters.
Alas, it was not true, as PolitiFact discovered when it checked in with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement.[jump]
According to the report, 39 shallow-water permits for new wells have been issued since June 8, 2010, when new rules and information requirements were put into effect. Shallow water drilling operations were not affected by the deepwater drilling moratorium following the gulf oil spill. And there were lots more shallow-water well permits issued by the Obama administration prior to June 8, 2010. Remember, Bachmann's statement referred to permits issued "under the Obama administration since they came into office."
Her nonsense earned her a a full-on "pants on fire" award.
Here's Bachmann in Des Moines.
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