Panel: More reform needed to prevent future spills
POSTED: Tuesday, January 11, 2011 - 9:36am
UPDATED: Tuesday, January 11, 2011 - 9:47am
WASHINGTON (AP) - A presidential panel investigating the Gulf
oil spill says that the oil industry, Congress and the Obama
administration need to do more to reduce the chances of another
That's the primary conclusion of the independent panel assembled
by President Barack Obama, which released its final report Tuesday.
The commission recommends increasing budgets and training for
the federal agency that regulates offshore drilling; increasing the
liability cap for damages when companies drill offshore; dedicating
80 percent of fines and penalties from the BP spill to restoration
of the Gulf; and lending more weight to scientific opinions by
other federal scientists in decisions about drilling.
By DINA CAPPIELLO
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