WASHINGTON (CNN) - If the government does not take drastic steps, another deep water oil spill like the BP spill in the Gulf could devastate the United States' coast, warned an oversight commission Tuesday in a long-awaited report to the president.
More research, funding and oversight are needed to help prevent another disaster, concluded the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling.
Washington (CNN) - The Democratic co-chair of President Obama's new oil spill commission says, if necessary, the investigation may very well lead straight to the Oval Office and an interview with president himself.
"The president understands when he appointed us that we had the direction to be as hard nosed, candid, fully engaged as possible, and that's exactly what we intend to do," former Sen. Bob Graham told CNN in an interview Friday.
Graham and former EPA administrator William Reilly, a Republican, were tapped this week to head a seven person commission charged with looking into how the devastating oil spill happened, how the government and BP responded, and how to avoid this again in the future.
The other five members have not yet been named. The commission has been given until the end of the year to finish its work.
"I don't think we can do our job for the American people, and frankly I don't want my name and I don't think Mr. Reilly wants his name associated with anything that's anything other than a full, independent, candid assessment of this horrific event and what we need to do to not leave a legacy for future generations to suffer again," said Graham.
Graham had harsh words for BP's new aggressive advertising campaign featuring the company's CEO Tony Hayward apologizing, and promising to make it right.