National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling

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The National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling is a bipartisan presidential commission, established by Executive Order 13543 signed by Barack Obama on May 21, 2010, that is “tasked with providing recommendations on how the United States can prevent and mitigate the impact of any future spills that result from offshore drilling.” It came about as a result of the April 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.[1] The first public hearings, held on July 12 and 13, 2010 in New Orleans, included scheduled testimony from Federal government officials and representatives of BP on the status of the spill and clean-up efforts, as well as from local officials, community leaders, and scientists on the economic, cultural, and ecological impacts of the oil spill on Gulf Coast communities and ecosystems.[2][3]

On October 6, 2010 the commission released preliminary reports criticizing the Obama administration for mismanagement of its response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Amongst other things cited were, not being fully candid with the American people, and giving the impression of not being fully competent.[4][5]

On January 11, 2011, the commission released its final report,[6] with recommendations to Congress for new spending and regulations.[7]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "President Obama Announces Members of the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling Commission" (Press release). The Whitehouse. 14 June 2010. Retrieved 14 July 2010. 
  2. ^ Rodriguez, Maya (-12 July 2010). "National oil spill commission begins two-day hearing In New Orleans". WWL TV. Retrieved 14 July 2010. 
  3. ^ "First Public Meeting Agenda" (Press release). National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling. Retrieved 14 July 2010. 
  4. ^ Steven Mufson and David A. Fahrenthold (7 October 2010). "Administration's response to gulf spill ill-managed, report says". The Washington Post. Retrieved 7 October 2010. 
  5. ^ Steven Mufson (7 October 2010). "Panel catalogs many White House missteps on gulf oil spill". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 7 October 2010. 
  6. ^ "Report to the President". Retrieved 2011-01-11.
  7. ^ Broder, John M., "Oil Spill Panel Calls for New Rules and Spending", The New York Times, January 11, 2011. Retrieved 2011-01-11.

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