April 30th, 2010
11:43 AM ET
4 years ago

Obama calls for review of oil rig incident

 President Obama on Friday called for ‘a thorough review’ by the Interior Dept. of the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig and subsequent oil spill.
President Obama on Friday called for ‘a thorough review’ by the Interior Dept. of the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig and subsequent oil spill.

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama is ordering Interior Secretary Ken Salazar "to conduct a thorough review" of the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig and subsequent oil spill.

Speaking Friday at the White House, the president ordered Salazar to "report back to me in 30 days" on any "precautions in technologies" needed to prevent such accidents in the future.

"We're going to make sure that any leases going forward have those safeguards," Obama said. "We've also dispatched teams to the Gulf Coast to inspect all deep-water rigs and platforms to address safety concerns."


Filed under: Energy • Environmental policy • President Obama
soundoff (57 Responses)
  1. Sara P

    "..Spill baby Spill..!!"

    April 30, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  2. bennie new york

    One can only hope that this incident will change Obama's mind about offshore drilling. If Obama still goes ahead with it, he's gonna lose a supporter in me and the many other liberals like me, and he's going to have to work to get us back.

    April 30, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  3. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    We really need to boost the levels of renewable energy we can use and produce. Without that, we will be trapped by the need for finite resources and the waste that they produce.

    April 30, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  4. JohnP

    Has Obama blamed Bush yet?

    April 30, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  5. Sher, N. Ca.

    I lived in Alaska for 25 years. The Prince William Sound was the Shangri-la of the North. Pristine, pure and beautiful. In its first toxic sweep, the oil spill killed about 250,000 seabirds, 4,000 sea otters, 250 bald eagles, and more than 20 Orca whales. It continues to kill today as the oil has sunk into the sand. It is still there. The local fishers, who lost more than $286 million after the herring fishery collapsed in 1989, are still waiting for the fishery to rebound. Our focus should be on not letting big oil tycoons rule our country. They have been doing this for how many years? MONEY!MONEY! MONEY! Gimme, gimme, gimme! It is always about profit over people's lives and animals. BTW-It took 19 years for settlement. Oil prices were up 200% and Exxon paid 80% June 25, 1989. Some people have still not received payment from their lost livelihoods, that BTW money could not replace anyway. Get it in writing Louisiana from BP and stick to it or you will be ripped off too.

    April 30, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  6. No More Incumbents

    Wow. 10 Days after the problem. He's on top of it. I guess he could finally spend some time on something other than fund raising.

    April 30, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  7. Sher, N. Ca.

    You kids need to get real! Bush's fault? Obama's fault? It is Your fault, My fault and Everyone else in the world that relies on BIG OIL. So do your part . Quit driving so much. We all need to get off our addiction to big oil. The good ole days are over. America has been in denial for over 30 years when Carter warned Americans. I remember that speech he gave. We were all asking for smaller cars then too. But no- another nightmare upon U.S.

    April 30, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
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