19 Sep '11, 3pm

Congress: Enough Excuses - Time to Pass Oil Spill Response Reforms

A government investigation has found that last spring’s Deepwater Horizon explosion, which resulted in eleven worker deaths and led to our nation’s worst-ever oil spill, was the result of numerous failures and poor decision-making by BP and its contractors. The findings contained in the joint Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement and US Coast Guard report largely affirm the results of prior investigations , including the one conducted by the President’s independent, bi-partisan National Oil Spill Commission . Like the Commission, the government's investigation found that stronger and more comprehensive federal regulations and improved inspections are needed to reduce the chances of another such disaster. Given the now extensive independent and government investigations into what went wrong and what is needed to ensure such a disaster never happens a...

Full article: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/rnelson/congress_enough...

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