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

Obama calls for review of oil rig incident

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/04/30/art.obama.0430b.gi.jpg caption=" 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
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  1. If We Can Defeat Him On Healthcare, It Will Be His Waterloo

    Maybe the Palin "Spill, Baby, Spill" crowd can help in the clean-up.

    April 30, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  2. ART

    Why don't we let that moron Sarah Palin clean up that mess, with her drill baby drill. What a buffoon

    April 30, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  3. Eric in Denver

    Let me guess it is all George Bush's fault(ie the former administration). Good thing we only need to hear that bogus line for another 2 years since he is gone in 2012!!!

    April 30, 2010 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Mr. President, you may want to reconsider the expansion of offshore drilling. The environmental hazards this spill is going to cause will have a long lasting effect. We need a cleaner energy source and I applaud your efforts for pushing to solve our energy crisis. America is addicted to oil. Not just foreign oil, but any oil. We need a 12 step program to get us off of our addiction.

    April 30, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  5. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    Why does BP get a free pass from something that is self inflicted from drilling on there property they should hold the full burden for this event just like the rest of property owners in America .

    April 30, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  6. Beverly H Tatum

    There is NO safe way to harvest "dirty" fuels.

    There is danger in coal mining and oil drilling. Both are not "IF" a disaster will happen but "WHEN".

    Stop the drilling and the destruction of our seas. The Gulf of Mexico has been destroyed as have many state coastlines and industries. This is a nightmare disaster that should never even have the chance to happen again. Shut down the mines and the rigs.

    It's time to move to new clean energy and stop destroying our nation for more greed.

    BP should be fined out of business and should shoulder all costs for the decades of clean up it will require. This was not an "accident". It was a consequence of our unwillingess to reject oil and the dangers it presents.

    April 30, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  7. Franklin

    This happened last week. And action is just being taken now?!Obamessiah is handling this incident worst than Bush handled Katrina, and the press is not reporting it AT ALL!

    April 30, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  8. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    BP should be held accountable for all damage including for the loss of income to the people who earn there living fishing these waters and clean up and the payment should continue until the damage is undone even if it takes 20 yrs.

    April 30, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  9. Government Corruption

    Why is the US Military being used as a OIL industry clean-up crew?

    Of the BILLIONS in profits the oil industry racks in per qtr, Why is there not a 24/7 oil emergency crews in each State funded by the oil industry, if there are why so few?

    This catastrophe or any other OIL/ENERGY should not be asking for Military assistance for Oil Industry INCOMPETENCE.

    Deregulation and self policing/voluntary safety procedures, got us into financial and industrial chaos. RepubliCons have what kind of credibility of good stewardship, ZERO!

    April 30, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  10. S Callahan

    I pray they find a way to 'plug ' this...people underestimate the economic impact, the enviromental impacts (animals, quality of water, etc). Truthfull, from where I look this is another crisis as a result of arrogance. Can't poke a finger in God's eye without expecting a response. Just sayin'. Sackcloth would help.

    April 30, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  11. Albert R. Killackey, Hey Palin, hows that "drill baby drill" workin out for ya, huh?

    The report in 30 days on June 1, will be "The bad news is, it is still leaking 200,000 gallons of oil per-day and hurricane season just begun, but the good news is we have not begun building all those new oil platforms that were planned last month, which will now never be built because voters will vote against all those fools who have, since 2008, been chanting, "Drill baby Drill."

    April 30, 2010 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  12. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert but...

    It cracks me up when supporters of, "drill, baby, drill" point out that domestic drilling could provide us with oil for "decades" or "a hundred years." Maybe so, petrol addicts, but what happens after that? Don't you think we ought to start preparing for the eventual exhaustion of fossil fuels sooner rather than later? I know that we need to keep burning all of those dinosaurs who didn't make it onto the ark. You can't just transition overnight. But we seriously need to start getting behind sustainable energy pronto or we're royally screwed. Think about your grandbabies. You know, the ones whose debt burden you're always whining about. Have a nice day!

    April 30, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  13. Brink

    Why does the President and his socialist regime insist on regulating free enterprise? Couldn't he see that BP was ready to jump in and spend millions of its hard earned dollars (and part of the subsidies that it receives from the Federal government) to prevent an ecologic disaster? We can always count on unregulated corporations "doing the right thing" when it comes to being responsible "persons" (which they now are according to our esteemed Supreme Court, at least with respect to being able to donate huge amounts of money to purchase political candidates that will help them in their noble pursuits. Just "Drill Baby, Drill" and when we have completely destroyed the planet, the oil executives and politicians can afford to live on whatever livable space there is, while the rest of us attempt to live off the denuded land.

    April 30, 2010 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  14. Jill American

    There was technology available that would have stop the flow of oil but thanks to Bush2 and the Republican controlled Congress they didn't enact the bill. The filthy rich oil companies said it would cost too much. Half a million doesn't seem like too much now, does it BP?

    April 30, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  15. What the!

    Did he say on the record that with todays technology, this could never happen on present day rigs, hmmm, another back peddle.

    April 30, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  16. T'SAH from Virginia

    Was 'terrorism' ruled out???? No one is speaking about the cause of the explosion???? Was it a bomb? What? This is what the investigation should rule out!!!

    April 30, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  17. Unashamedly Loving America

    Now honestly, did anyone expect anything any different from "the annointed one" ? It is straight out of the Rham/Chicago Thug playbook: "never waste a crisis"........
    All of you Liberal Dems want to attempt saying; "Obama is no socialists, he is a freedom/liberty loving American". How can you still yet say/believe that???? Every time he opens his mouth, it is something to either (1) Lie or (2) Promote his and his Liberal cronies Left-Wing agenda.
    Listen to me and listen carefully; give this socialist another term with control of this country and we will no longer be the freedom loving, God fearing, Liberty defending, Captilistic nation our forefathers intended us to be and what we have always been. We will be turned into a combination of UK/France/Venzezuela.....and that is exactly what the "progressives" want.......until they have it! Isn't is amazing that all the Liberals want everyone to have a level of wealth where "at some point they have made enough"......UNTIL it is "their" wealth in question?

    April 30, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  18. anthony


    Hope you Right Wingers are happy.

    April 30, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  19. Jayne

    Drill, Baby, Drill ??? Send Palin to clean up in her overalls.

    April 30, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  20. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Gov. Jindal waited until Wednesday before declaring this a disaster and never asked the Federal Government for help. Jindal is no better than the governor Louisiana had during Katrina.

    April 30, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  21. desertique

    Jill American. You have my vote for the best comment of the day.
    Also I think Haliburton is involved in this. More shortcuts to save dollars and increase profits.

    April 30, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  22. mamacoo

    Franklin: This happened last week. And action is just being taken now?!Obamessiah is handling this incident worst than Bush handled Katrina, and the press is not reporting it AT ALL!
    Franklin, get up to speed here. Perhaps you should expand your horizons. If you google the President's response to the oil spill you can read exactly what action has already been taken.The President HAS been dealing with this issue as has been the media. Action has been taken by the President. Now the media and people like you are trying to figure out how to blame the President for this. And, don't be so eager to make this into an incompetent response like George Bush and Katrina. IT ISN"T.

    April 30, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  23. katiec

    With a big oil, big business president and the republicans having control for eight years, regulations, safety procedures, environment, etc were totally ignored, giving all a free rein to do whatever they wanted.
    Now, with the mining diaster, oil spill and whatever comes next, the American people are once again victims of the sacrifices made in favor of Wall St.
    We cannot allow any politician back in office that will sell us down the river in favor of greed, power, personal gains and goals.

    April 30, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  24. Liz the First

    This catastrophe is what happens when 'free' enterprise is just a little too free! the economic impact of this will far outweigh the value of the oil. the environmental toll will be staggering. but i guess 'Unashamedly Loving America' doesn't care that the gulf coasts states will be suffering from this tragedy for years. how do people not understand what we're doing to this planet? the damage and results of that damage are in our faces every day! where do they think we're going to be able to go when we destroy this planet? oh, right, most of them think they're going to be 'raptured' up and it won't affect them. think again! as much as i support Obama's ideas, opening up more sites to off-shore drilling is a bad idea.

    April 30, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  25. Petey

    Drilling for oil and thwarting the envirohippies' plans to "save the environment." It's a daily double! Now all we need is a tornado in a wind farm andI can die a happy man. We'll get rich, you'll get poor, and the Earth will die a pitiful death. Then, when we set off to exploit another planet in the spaceships built by our Big Evil Corporations, we're gonna leave your sorry backsides here to roast. Embrace the pain, suckahz!

    April 30, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
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