Friday, December 3, 2010

A new oil drilling oversight agency?

The presidential panel investigating the massive Gulf oil spill will likely recommend to President Barack Obama next year new ways for both the federal government and the oil industry to oversee offshore drilling safety.

Experts with the presidential oil spill commission on Thursday recommended that oil and gas companies drilling off the U.S. coast set up a safety institute similar to the one the nuclear industry formed after the 1979 Three Mile Island accident. The institute would address lapses that led to the Gulf spill.

They also said the federal government needed an independent agency to ensure offshore workers, drilling rigs and production platforms operate safely.

What BP did was illegal and subject to penalty under existing criminal, administrative and civil law.

We don't need a new agency with new government employees generating more government spending.

We need existing law enforcement employees to strictly enforce existing laws.

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