After a series of four public hearings to gather evidence in the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, the National Oil Spill Commission presents its preliminary findings today regarding the April 20th explosion and the subsequent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Over the course of the two-day hearing, Commission Chief Counsel Fred Bartlit focuses on the causes of the rig explosion; today’s schedule is devoted to questioning executives from BP, Transocean and Halliburton. Tomorrow, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and EnforcementDirector Michael Bromwich is reviewing the regulation changes he’s implemented in respect to offshore deepwater drilling. The panel also hears testimony from other oil drilling and operations experts.
This weekend, Bromwich appeared on C‑SPAN’s Newsmakers program, where he gave details on the state of oil drilling in the U.S. and the challenges he’s faced since taking office in June of this year.
The National Oil Spill Commission was created by President Obama in May following the Gulf Coast disaster and is charged with determining the cause of the accident, as well as offering its opinions to prevent future oil spills due to offshore drilling. The commission will present a final report to the president by January 2011.