THREE YEARS AFTER BP SPILL, REPORT CARD NOTES IMPROVEMENTS
BUT MORE TO DO
Administration and Industry Making Progress, Congress Lags
(Washington, D.C. – April 17, 2013) –While federal agencies and the industry have continued to advance the safety of offshore oil drilling, Congressional action is slow in coming. This difference is reflected in the grades the former members of the national oil spill commission assigned in the report card released today tracking how the nation is doing in implementing the recommendations they made more than two years ago. The Administration received a grade of B, industry a B- and Congress a D+.
After the Commission concluded its work, the 7 commissioners established a new organization, Oil Spill Commission Action, to monitor progress in implementing the recommendations in the Commission’s report, DEEP WATER: THE GULF OIL DISASTER AND THE FUTURE OF OFFSHORE DRILLING (January 2011) and to encourage speedier action when implementation is lagging. This is their second report card evaluating progress.