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Gulf oil spill response ill-managed, presidential panel says

By Ed O'Keefe

The Obama administration's response to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill was marked by confusion over the spill rate and conflicts between agencies, according to government reporters reviewed by The Post's Steven Mufson:

"The federal government created the impression that it was either not fully competent to handle the spill or not fully candid with the American people about the scope of the problem," said one of the four working papers written by the staff of the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling.
The confusion of the spill rate was created from the outset. On April 23, the day after the Deepwater Horizon rig sank, Coast Guard Rear Adm. Mary Landry told CBS News that "there is not oil emanating from the riser." But the riser, a pipe that connected the rig with the wellhead on the seafloor, had not even been inspected at that point.
Later, as the gravity of the spill became clearer, agencies differed over how much to tell the public. One of the commission papers said that the Office of Management and Budget denied a request by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to release "worst-case discharge figures" in late April or early May, weeks before the dire dimensions of the spill were publicly known.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | October 6, 2010; 2:05 PM ET
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There was nothing Obama could do to stop the leak....period

The lack of rules/regulations were loosened by right-wingers who get funds from the Oil Company

Obama goes down to the Gulf and right-wingers claim he is doing it for the media. Obama doesn't go and he is ignoring them

The right will never stop crying

Posted by: Bious | October 6, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

He clearly didn't know what to do, he avoided the region for 45 days.

here is the left's Jon Stewart discussing the President and the oil spill. (fast foward it to 5:45)

This administration lied to us from the beginning, they even manipulated the facts and limited the press.

remember this lie?

WASHINGTON — About three-quarters of the oil spilled from the ruptured BP well in the Gulf of Mexico has disappeared, a top US official said Wednesday.

"The scientists are telling us about 25 percent was not captured or evaporated or taken care of by mother nature," said Carol Browner, a top energy adviser to President Barack Obama, on the ABC network's "Good Morning America" programme.

"This is an initial assessment by our scientists in the government and outside the government. We think it's important to make this available to the public. That's what we'll be doing today."

Now of course we know the the oil has been found.

Now this admins own panel says that he lied to us.


Posted by: JBfromFL | October 6, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Spills have happened before and they will happen again despite our best efforts. We seem to be unable to learn from history. Here's the story about the worst oil spill in United States history which was nearly twice the size of the Macondo blowout:

Posted by: Baywoodfarm | October 6, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse

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