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Saturday, May 22, 2010

The President Establishes a Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.

President Obama wants to delve deeper into what caused the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and institutes measures to insure the "environmental disaster" doesn't occur again.  Puts blame on BP - and Washington.

In his weekly address the president talks about his executive order establishing a National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling.

The Commission will be composed of seven members who shall be appointed by the President to examine the relevant facts and circumstances concerning the root causes of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and develop options for guarding against, and mitigating the impact of, oil spills associated with offshore drilling -taking into consideration the environmental, public health, and economic effects of such options - to include improvements to Federal laws, regulations, and industry practices applicable to offshore drilling that would ensure effective oversight, monitoring, and response capabilities; protect public health and safety, occupational health and safety, and the environment and natural resources; and address affected communities; and organizational or other reforms of Federal agencies or processes necessary to ensure such improvements are implemented and maintained.

The Commission's members will be drawn from among distinguished individuals, and may include those with experience in or representing the scientific, engineering, and environmental communities, the oil and gas industry, or any other area determined by the President to be of value to the Commission in carrying out its duties, and is expected to submit a final public report to the President with its findings and options for consideration within six months of the date of the Commission's first meeting.

Earlier this year President Obama and Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced that the Administration will expand oil and gas development and exploration on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), but has since suspended those efforts in the wake of the BP Oil spill that began one month ago.

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