Fed Oversight Failed in Gulf Oil Catastrophe: Salazar

Feds should have more oversight on safety devices, he says
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted May 18, 2010 4:31 PM CDT
Salazar: We Were Lax on Blowout Preventers
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 18, 2010, before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

(Newser) – Ken Salazar admitted today that the government should have had better standards in place on the devices built to prevent disasters on offshore oil wells. The interior secretary said he believed "additional work should have been done on blowout preventers," reports USA Today. "There will be tremendous lessons to be learned here."

Salazar appeared before two Senate panels today, notes AP. When Senator Ron Wyden and others asserted that the government had little oversight over the oil industry ("It is long past time to drain the safety and environmental swamp that is MMS," said Wyden), Salazar disputed the sentiment. "The conclusion that this is an unregulated industry is not correct," he said. "This is a highly regulated industry."
(Read more Ken Salazar stories.)

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