Despite New Toughness, Obama Faces Hurdles in Spill

Publication: McClatchy Newspapers

Author: Margaret Talev and Marisa Taylor


07/12/2010 - President Barack Obama and his team are tantalizingly close to their first major success in plugging BP’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico after nearly three months of confounding setbacks.

Even if the capping plan that's under way works, many struggles lie ahead, however.

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However, Marilyn Heiman, a former Interior Department official in the Clinton administration who now leads the U.S. Arctic Program for the Pew Environment Group, said the administration was hobbled by the sorry state of regulation for decades, the unprecedented scope of the spill and the fact that BP’s paperwork and assurances in those first days painted such a different picture of what to expect.

Read the entire article Despite New Toughness, Obama Faces Hurdles in Spill on the Miami Herald Web site.

The Pew Environment Group’s offshore energy reform work is now a part of Pew’s Arctic Ocean Program.

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