It was reported last month that the seven-member commission selected by President Obama to investigate the Gulf Oil Spill is getting back together. It appears the commission will press for action to improve drilling safety. The group will issue a report card on actions taken by Congress, the administration and the industry in May. It will be interesting to see what grades are assigned.
William K. Reilly, a Republican and co-chair of the panel, said the group had become “increasingly concerned” that efforts to implement its safety recommendations are falling short of their intended mark. That’s certainly not good news. Last January, the panel called for a series of steps from boosting budgets and training to increasing the liability cap for companies drilling offshore. Because of high gasoline prices, the focus of the White House and the Republicans has turned to boosting domestic oil and gas production. While that is a worthy goal, steps must be taken to assure that safety is not pushed under the rug, so to speak. We saw what happened during the Bush-Cheney years when regulation of the oil industry became virtually non-existent.
Source: Associated Press
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