01/11/2011 - Blaming the massive BP oil spill on government and industry complacency, a White House panel on Tuesday called for a dramatic overhaul of the way the U.S. regulates offshore drilling.
"That it did happen is the result of a shared failure that was years in the making," said panel co-chair and former Florida Sen. Bob Graham.
In its final report on the disaster, the White House oil spill commission said the U.S. government needs to expand its drilling regulations, as well as set up an independent drilling safety agency.
Activists welcomed the proposed tighter regulations. "These reforms are especially critical as the oil and gas industry is planning to explore in frontier areas such as the U.S. Arctic Ocean, where remoteness, extreme weather and ice conditions make cleanup extremely challenging," said Marilyn Heiman, a staffer with the Pew Environment Group.
Read or watch the full story, 'Shared Failure' in BP Spill Cited in Panel Report, on MSNBC's Web site.
The Pew Environment Group’s offshore energy reform work is now a part of Pew’s Arctic Ocean Program.