Oil spill commission says White House ‘controlled’ information

October 7, 2010 05:06

A commission investigating the response to the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has strongly criticised the White House in a number of areas.

BBC News


The Obama administration blocked government scientists’ efforts to inform the public of worst case scenarios, a draft report said.

The report by the National Oil Spill Commission says the White House was directly involved in controlling information from the spill that began after an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig on 20 April.

The report also says the federal government used too much boom to stop the oil from spreading – especially in the US state of Louisiana, where directions went out to “keep the parishes happy”.


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