May 26th, 2010
11:40 AM ET
4 years ago

Obama plans tougher inspections for offshore drilling, source says

President Obama will announce ‘strengthened inspections’ and an effort to ‘tighten safety regulations’ for offshore drillingon Wednesday.
President Obama will announce ‘strengthened inspections’ and an effort to ‘tighten safety regulations’ for offshore drillingon Wednesday.

Washington (CNN) - On Thursday, President Barack Obama will announce "strengthened inspections" and an effort to "tighten safety regulations" for offshore drilling, according to an administration official.

Obama also is expected to discuss other recommendations from the 30-day review that he ordered shortly after oil started gushing into the Gulf of Mexico when the Deepwater Horizon oil rig collapsed April 22, the official said.

Despite criticism that the White House should take over the operation from BP, administration officials insist the oil giant is best equipped to plug the leak.

Responding to comments from Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Florida, that if BP fails in its current effort to stop the gusher, the president "better go in and completely take over," perhaps with the "military in charge," a senior administration official asked, "What precisely the military would do?"

An aide said they'll be watching as BP tries the "top kill" effort to stop the flow of oil, but he refused to predict if it will be successful. "We're planning for every scenario," the official said.

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  1. katiec

    President Obamas contributions were very minor compared to the 2 plus million that the McCain party got. Some will quote the radical commentators, Palin and other misfits without ever checking the facts, Time for those supporter to start thinking for theirselves and accept responsibility for their outlandish statements.

    May 26, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  2. rob

    HEY..... S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The Dems have held Congress since Jan 2007. The Congress's job is OVERSIGHT of the federal govt. 31/2 years of OVERSIGHT of these agencies.

    The blame Bush knee-jerk reaction is getting very old. Watch something besides Olberman and Maddow so you can get new material.

    May 26, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  3. Tulsa

    Angus,
    So nobody wants you "obama oil spill" eh?
    That's because Americans, real American, Know better and can smell a troll like you a mile away.
    Just keep spouting lies. that's all Republicans and tea baggers know how to do.

    May 26, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  4. Eric

    Has it ever occured to anyone why we're drilling a mile down in the middle of the freaking ocean?

    Environmentalists have pushed drilling out that far.

    If this spill had happened on land or even simply closer in, we wouldn't still be talking about this.

    Enviro-nazis' regulations have made this industry so difficult, is it any wonder things like this happen?

    May 26, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  5. Tulsa

    It was the MMS and Interior under the Republican administration that let the oil companies fill out the inspection forms in pencil then inked in the responses. It was under the BUSH administration that the Lake Charles MMS took bribes from the oil companies they were supposed to police.
    It's about dang time someone fixed the problem, not just put a band aid on it.

    May 26, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  6. Tulsa

    All you lame folks out there who think Katrina and this blow out are the same thing have it all wrong.

    There was no responsible party for Katrina. The responsibility to protect the citizens of this country from enemies and natural desasters falls to the government.

    In the case of the blowout, it was BP, Trans Ocean and Halliburton who disabled the BOP and did not have a backup plan in place to prevent this scenario.

    In the case of Katrina, the ONLY people who had the mandate to do something was the government both state and Federal.

    In the spill, the owners of the lease, the rig and the service company doing the work are responsible.

    That is, unless you want a Socialist government which will take over private businesses whenever it deems it necessary.

    Well, which is it? A libertarian would say, "the oil companies are responsible" a socialist would say, "the government needs to step in"

    Come on Angus, which are you?

    May 26, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  7. notfooledbydistractions

    Good. Regulations and enforcement of those regulations are necessary. We've had two shining examples of the consequences of allowing the market to police itself – wall street and the oil industry. Let's hope we survive the aftermath of republican free market, no regulations needed ideology.

    May 26, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  8. notfooledbydistractions

    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA May 26th, 2010 11:51 am ET

    I find it appauling that these oil companies can drill with little or no oversight. How can you drill a mile down into the ocean and not have a plan in place in case a disaster like this happens? It's unacceptable. We need to get off of oil completely. The sooner, the better.

    Dutch – that's what happens when the oil industry is allowed to write the countrys energy policy and then have it policed by two oil men – bush/cheney. I hope they reorganize the mms and clean house.

    May 26, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  9. Enough

    Hind sight is always 20-20 Obama..........too bad your bunch attempts to blame Bush for this disaster are nuts! You are president and it is YOUR responbility.

    May 26, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  10. Enough

    S.B Stein----As I recall Obama is president and if the rules were so LAX, Obama certainly could have dealt with that issue, he is president and has been so for over a year........get a clue and realize you have elected a very naive and incapable person to run the country.........Thanks, I blame you NOT Bush. I suppose it is Bush's fault Obama got elected.

    May 26, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
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