The Oil Spill Commission Action project is an outgrowth of the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling, which President Obama established in response to the human and environmental disasters resulting from the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico in April, 2010. The Commission undertook an extensive study to determine the causes of the disaster and to evaluate the responses to and impacts of the oil spill.
The Commission issued its final report (see Resource Center) in January, 2011. The report contained a number of recommendations focused on making offshore energy production safer, enhancing the country’s ability to respond to spills, and dealing with the extensive impacts of the Gulf spill.
The Commissioners, however, were not satisfied with just issuing a report. They want to continue their efforts to see that their recommendations are actually implemented so that the nation can move forward with offshore drilling and production in a safer and more environmentally responsible manner.
This is the purpose of the Oil Spill Commission Action project.